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How the Pakistani Taliban Matters to the US

One of the major responses taken by the U.S. to stop this terrorist group is to carry out bombardments on the group’s hiding points in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This has helped a great deal as it has weakened the group since the U.S. began the strikes in 2009. This is evident from the killing of their leaders like Baitullah Mehsud in 2009 and their chief sponsor, Osama bin Laden (Roggio, 2012).
The US is also using NATO and Pakistan government as its major ally in the fight to help capture and killed the Taliban and Al-Qaida leaders, who have been carrying out insurgency in the country. For instance, the U.S. recently called on Pakistan’s troops to carry out attacks on the Haqqani militant network who have been camping in North Waziristan. NATO has also been helping a great deal in the fight to eliminate the Taliban insurgents in the country (Gunaratna and Iqbal, 2011).
It is also reported that the U.S. has been using members of the public to help in identifying and nabbing the militants. This is because it was felt that it is the people who can easily identify the terrorists, especially in tribal areas. This has also been of help as Roggio (2012) reveals that one of the Pakistan Taliban Leader, Tariq Afridi, who has been responsible for several attacks and kidnappings in the tribal areas, was rumored to have been killed by a family member. In fact, it is believed that even capturing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan could not have been easy without the involvement of members of the public.
Gunaratna and Iqbal (2011) note that the US is actively engaged in politics in Pakistan to prevent Pushtuns, the main Pakistan Taliban tribes, which comprise more than 42% of the total population from ascending to power. This is based on the belief that allowing this tribe that has been supporting terrorism to ascending to power would be of great danger to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Therefore, the U.S. is using its influence to ensure that the Taliban lead tribe does not gain power.