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Stalingrad in the Hindu Kush? AFPAK, crucibles and chains of terror

Mohammad, Robina and Sidaway, James D (2011) Stalingrad in the Hindu Kush? AFPAK, crucibles and chains of terror. Antipode: A Radical Jounal of Geography, 43 (2). pp. 199-204. ISSN 0066-4812

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Abstract

We write in the aftermath of another bomb attack in a Pakistani city (August 2009). This time it is Lahore, where this year there have already been three attacks striking at the heart of the city. This signals a conflict that is no longer restricted to the distant, remote regions of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) but is spreading northwards and into Pakistan’s heartlands. The attacks were carried out by the Taliban in retaliation for the military offensive in the Swat Valley (in the North-West Frontier Province). The insurgency is viewed by many ordinary Pakistanis as well as the state machinery as a major threat to the country’s stability and trajectory (Mohammad 2008). Contrary to the Taliban’s expectations, it is now fuelling considerable popular support for the government’s actions.