The Scorpion's Tail: The Relentless RIse of Islamic Militants in Pakistan--And How It Threatens America
- Author: Hussain, Zahid
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One of the most respected reporters working out of Pakistan, Zahid Hussain chronicles how Islamic extremist groups based in Pakistan’s remote tribal territories have unleashed a reign of terror on U.S. forces in Afghanistan and within Pakistan, training a growing flood of new recruits in terrorist tactics and suicide bombing, including attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. He is the first to reveal how a loose constellation of groups has now come together to form a distinctive Pakistani Taliban organization, working closely with al Qaeda and evolving into a newly powerful and deadly fighting force—with deeply entrenched support networks in major Pakistani cities—despite major operations against them by the Pakistani army and the assassination of many of their leaders by CIA-operated drone aircraft.
Reporting from the scenes of a number of drone missile strikes, and in interviews with a number of attempted suicide bombers, he reveals the shocking extent of anti-Americanism the drone strikes have stoked due to civilian deaths, driving a new breed of highly educated, middle and upper class Pakistanis into the militant groups. His revelatory account is an urgent wake-up call about the revenge effects of U.S. policy in Pakistan and how volatile the situation there has become.