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Pakistani Taliban are redefining their goal

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Significance

In late April, it bombed the car park of a luxury hotel in Quetta, capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The organisation is currently in merger talks with various insurgent groups, including ones that used to be factions within it.

Impacts

  • The TTP will increasingly support the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a hard-line Islamist party recently banned by the Pakistani government.
  • An alliance between the TTP and Islamic State remains unlikely.
  • The TTP will operate mainly from Loya Paktia, a region of south-eastern Afghanistan where most of its forces are now based.

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