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June 7, 2007: Despite all the attention the Taliban, and Islamic extremists, get in Pakistan, the more violent military activity is found elsewhere in the region, in wars that get far less media attention in the West. Lately, about half the combat dead in the region are in Sri Lanka, where the war between the government and its separatist Tamil minority has heated up. About a third of the dead are from various insurrections in India, most of them having nothing to do with religion. While there is some violence among the Pushtun and Baluchi tribes in Pakistan, the Taliban mainly recruit in Pakistan, and take these eager young lads across the border, to be killed in Afghanistan. But that's where most of the reporters are.

 


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