The Taliban have reorganised their alliance, setting up a new Council of Mujahid, that allies the Pakistan and Afghan Taleban with other Pakistani jihadist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. This presents a major challenge to the Pakistani government as the new force holds sway in the tribal areas but can now strike at will in the Punjab and India.
The prominent new leader is Baitullah Mehsud and his anti-American rhetoric forms a binding glue which forges the alliance. He has threatened a spectacular in Washington and vows attacks on NATO and its government supporters. From the central spine of the tribal areas, the insurgency strikes north and south, but the Taleban have found richer territorial pickings in their craven host. Strategic differences in this fragile alliance will not prevent the Taleban from exploiting Pakistan's continual weaknesses .