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Dec 01

The Scorpion's Tail: The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan - and How it Threatens America

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Based on extensive reporting inside Pakistan’s dangerous, lawless border regions and exclusive interviews with militant leaders as well as high-level military and intelligence sources, Zahid Hussain chronicles how and why the Islamist extremist groups based in Pakistan’s remote tribal territories have greatly increased their power since the start of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. In addition to reclaiming control of substantial territory in Afghanistan, the militants have now taken the fight deep within Pakistan—threatening to totally destabilize that nuclear-armed state—and are launching attacks on the U.S. homeland. Why has the insurgency been so irrepressible? Is this a war that can be won? Can we expect a wave of attacks within the United States more sophisticated than the attempted bombing in Times Square?

Zahid Hussain is an award-winning journalist and writer, a senior editor with Newsline and a correspondent for The Times of London, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. He has also covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for several other international publications, including the Associated Press (AP) and The Economist. His book, Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle With Militant Islam, has won widespread acclaim as a seminal text on the subject. He lives in Pakistan.

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