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EFSAS comments on escalating tensions between Pakistan and the Taliban


The TTP, aiming to become the leading jihadist force in Pakistan, has actively sought to incorporate other groups. Since mid-2021, it has claimed mergers with 47 Pakistani Taliban factions, sectarian groups, and even Al Qaeda affiliates, although most are lesser-known entities. Researcher Riccardo Valle, who specializes in militant groups in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region, reported on his website Militancy Chowk that talks between the TTP and Bahadur’s group regarding a unified platform had taken place.