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Khalid Aziz

A Local War that has Global Implications

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'Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan' by Khalid Aziz is an insightful analysis of the socio-political and economic factors that contribute to the ongoing conflict in the region. It provides an in-depth understanding of the root causes and offers potential solutions for resolving the issues.

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    The little-known region of Waziristan is a strategic locus for the Taliban and jihadists.

    Have you ever heard of Waziristan? Many people haven’t. However, this 5,000-square-mile expanse of tribally ruled mountains and barely arable land between Pakistan and Afghanistan is key geopolitical territory.


    Because its strategic position has majorly influenced political developments in Afghanistan. For instance, Waziristan’s close proximity to several Afghan districts allows the people of Waziristan, known as the Wazirs, and everyone else in the region to enter and exit Afghanistan with relative ease.

    In fact, in the past few years there have been countless attacks waged on Afghan soil by organizations like the Taliban, which, after assaulting US troops in Afghanistan, retreat to the mountains of Waziristan to recruit new fighters and plan their next foray. For instance, in January of 2007, over 40 trucks and buses full of armed fighters came into Afghanistan to fight US troops and Afghans before retreating to Waziristan.

    But why does the Taliban have so much power in this territory?

    Because Waziristan has continually resisted the control of Pakistan, of which, legally, it is a territory. So, while the Pakistani government has made repeated attempts to assert authority over the Wazir tribes, the groups have resisted these attempts time and time again.

    For instance, in 2004, the United States convinced Pakistan to attempt to gain control of Waziristan. However, the tribes and foreign jihadists stood their ground against the military campaign and the Pakistani army couldn’t maintain their grasp on the region. As the Pakistanis lost their footing and authority, the Taliban swooped in and became the new leading force in Waziristan.

    In recent years, however, as the Pakistani military began moving back in, the situation on the ground has only worsened.

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    What is Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan about?

    Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan (2015) takes the reader on a journey into the rocky terrain of this tiny South Asian region whose geopolitical influence reaches far beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan. These blinks explore how the region became such a hotbed of insurrection and what can be done about it.

    Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan Review

    Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan by Khalid Aziz (2020) provides a comprehensive analysis of the factors that lead to rebellion in the region. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers insightful perspectives on the historical, social, and political aspects of rebellion in Waziristan, providing a deeper understanding of the complex issues at play.
    • Backed by extensive research and firsthand accounts, the book presents a nuanced exploration of the reasons behind the rebellion, shedding light on the motivations of the people involved.
    • Through its engaging narrative and thought-provoking analysis, the book challenges conventional wisdom and encourages readers to reconsider their preconceptions about the region and its conflicts.

    Who should read Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan?

    • Anyone interested in international politics
    • Those looking for more background about the conflicts and wars in South and Central Asia

    About the Author

    Khalid Aziz has more than three decades of experience in various management positions within the federal and provincial governments of Pakistan. In 2005, he founded the Regional Institute of Policy Research & Training, in Peshawar.

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    The author of Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan is Khalid Aziz.