7,346. 2/15/2009

“In February 2009 the provincial government [in Swat, the northern region of Pakistan] did a deal with the Taliban leader in Swat, Maulana Fazlullah…which allowed his self-styled religious warriors to impose their version of sharia law on the region’s inhabitants. As they had with other ‘peace’ deals, the Taliban took the agreement as an opportunity to expand into new territory, pushing this time into the neighboring Buner district just sixty miles from Islamabad.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Page 330

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