Terrorism & Insurgency

Reported killing of Pakistani Taliban leader indicates improving US-Afghan-Pakistan co-ordination and declining insurgent threat in Pakistan

15 June 2018


An Afghan defence ministry official on 15 June 2018 confirmed that a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack in Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan on 13 June had killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader, Mullah Fazlullah.

Fazlullah became leader of the TTP – an umbrella network of groups targeting Pakistan – in 2013 and has likely been operating in Afghanistan since the Pakistani military launched an offensive against TTP strongholds in North Waziristan in 2014. While in Afghanistan, several TTP leaders have been killed or have defected. As a result of this and the eradication of TTP sanctuaries in Pakistan, insurgent attacks in the country have declined by 68% since 2014, according to Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.

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