Background on the Region Hit by CIA Airstrike

Pakistan’s undeclared war by Zaffar Abbas
BBC correspondent in Islamabad writing in late 2004:

For Pakistan’s powerful military and the rugged Pashtun tribesmen, the South Waziristan region, near the border with Afghanistan, is a virtual war zone.

The vast mountainous region remains out of bound for non-locals. Journalists have been barred from the area, and the main town of Wana looks like a military garrison.

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