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02 February 2009

Taliban Tighten Grip in Key Valley

Nasir Khan, The Washington Times

The Pakistani government has lost control of 80 percent of Swat, a scenic valley in the northwest, where Taliban militants are implementing their own harsh system of justice and spreading fear through the use of FM radio.

Local officials, including a minister, Bashir Bilour, say a few thousand militants rule the former tourist region, which was once considered to be the most developed and educated town in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

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