The Most Dangerous Place
Pakistan's Lawless Frontier
By Imtiaz Gul
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670022250, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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The story of the dark side of the Afghan war - and how Pakistan degenerated into a nuclear-armed powder keg
Eight years ago we chased the Taliban from Kabul and forced Al Qaeda to find a new home. One by one the militants crossed the border into Pakistan and settled in its tribal areas, building alliances with locals and terrorizing or bribing their way to power. This place - Pakistan's lawless frontier - is now the epicenter of global terrorism. It is where young American and British jihadists go to be trained, where the kidnapped are stowed away, and where plots are hatched for deadly attacks all over the world. It has become, in President Obama's words, "the most dangerous place" - a hornet's nest of violent extremists, many of whom now target their own state in vicious suicide- bombing campaigns.
Imtiaz Gul, who knows the ins and outs of these groups and their leaders, tackles the toughest questions about the current situation: What can be done to bring the Pakistani Taliban under control? Who funds these militants and what are their links to Al Qaeda? Are they still supported by the ISI, Pakistan's all-powerful intelligence agency?
Based on dozens of exclusive interviews with high-ranking Pakistani intelligence, government and military officers and extensive first-hand reporting, The Most Dangerous Place is a gripping and definitive exposé of a region that Americans need urgently to understand.
Many of the U.S. military's most wanted are believed to be hiding in a swath of rugged mountains in Pakistan, just over the Afghan border. President Obama has called the tribal region "the most dangerous place in the world." Pakistani Journalist Imtiaz Gul explains to Steve Inskeep what Pakistan's federally administered tribal areas actually are. More at NPR.org
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