Militants Scatter as Pakistan Takes South Waziristan

Militants Scatter as Pakistan Takes South Waziristan

ISLAMABAD -- With Pakistani security forces taking over several Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds in South Waziristan, thousands of militants have apparently fled to other parts of the country -- raising fears that militancy will spread and escalate.

On Nov. 5, Pakistani military and paramilitary security forces reclaimed Laddah, an important Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan, leaving only Makeen in the hands of the Pakistani Taliban movement called TTP.

However, tribal leaders and local observers from South Waziristan have confirmed that thousands of TTP, Arab al-Qaida and other foreign militants -- including Uzbeks and Chechens -- have escaped to other areas of Pakistan.

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