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Al-Qaeda 'Calling The Shots' In North Waziristan

Read this telling of the back and forth both within the Pakistani Taliban and between its factions and al-Qaeda, and you will understand why Syed Saleem Shahzad concludes the way he does.

It is becoming apparent that al-Qaeda is calling the shots in North Waziristan and creating a situation under which the good and bad Taliban will not have any choice but to operate under al-Qaeda's flagship while trying to entice the US into a fight.

North Waziristan. That other-worldly place deep inside Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas where power is still measured strictly in the amount of pure violence one can bring upon an adversary.

The currency of violence is what keeps al-Qaeda in business. Not just in Waziristan, but elsewhere - as demonstrated in Iraq today. Whether you care to or not, you'll be keeping an eye on Waziristan's landscape more and more as the days go on.

Syed Saleem Shahzad is definitely one of the few consistently excellent journalists covering terrorism, the fundamentalist Islamist quest to restore the caliphate and the bloody conflict at hand. I'll put together a list of journalists you should follow later this week.

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