On Thursday, the government of Pakistan sent paramilitary troops to a northwest district that was recently taken over by the Taliban. Michael Krepon of the Henry L. Stimson Center discusses the Taliban's growing influence and increasing concerns about the Pakistani government's ability to control the militants.
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Taliban militants agreed to indefinitely extend a cease-fire in Pakistan's Swat Valley, which is largely under control of the militants. As part of the truce, the government agreed to allow the Taliban to impose stricter Islamic law.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about Pakistan's deal with insurgents in the Taliban-heavy Swat Valley and the country's controversial decision to suspend its military offensive and impose tough Islamic law in that area.