International Crisis Group: Drone strikes in Pakistan not long-term solution

A report by the Geneva-based International Crisis Group has criticized by the U.S. and Pakistani governments for failing to improve upon the conditions that give rise to Islamic militancy in the tribal areas – namely political isolation from the Pakistani mainstream.

Drone strikes may disrupt FATA-based militant groups’ capacity to plan and execute cross-border attacks on NATO troops and to plot attacks against the U.S. homeland, but they cannot solve the fundamental problem. The ability of those groups to regroup, rearm and recruit will remain intact so long as they enjoy safe havens on Pakistani territory and efforts to incorporate FATA into the constitutional mainstream are stifled.

Much more here.

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