After the U.S.-led coalition forces intervened in Afghanistan in October 2001, multiple threat groups in Afghanistan including the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda relocated to tribal Pakistan. Nearly seven years after, Pakistani security forces, primarily the army, is fight a high intensity insurgency in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), the tribal belt separating Afghanistan from Pakistan. The insurgent and terrorist groups located on that rugged border mount attacks against U.S. led coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan and against Pakistani forces and other targets in Pakistan. The spillover effect of the insurgency in FATA into mainland Pakistan is profound.

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