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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Waziristan


The headline reads US drone strike kills seven in North WaziristanIt should probably read "Pakistani intelligence officials say a US drone strike has killed five suspect [-ed terrorist] -s in the tribal region near the Afghan border". (The number changes depending on which link you follow.)

Is there really such a place as Waziristan? I thought I had a pretty good idea of extant of stan-ishness, I mean we've got:
  • Afghanistan,
  • Kazakhstan,
  • Kyrgyzstan,
  • Pakistan,
  • Tajikistan,
  • Turkmenistan and
  • Uzbekistan
So where is this what-zis-stan, Waziristan? Turns out it's part of Pakistan, the same part of Pakistan where French special forces actors ran into trouble. It is not a separate country, at least not yet. 

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