The leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has been injured in clashes in Pakistan.
Pakistani Army spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas says unconfirmed reports suggest Tahir Yuldashev was injured during a Pakistani Air Force strike in the Makeen area of South Waziristan on the night of June 14, Pakistani media outlets reported on June 17.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have different views of how to combat extremism in the region, but their approaches may be growing closer.
Representatives of the two countries at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 29 said more international cooperation and a stronger emphasis on development in their countries could have positive implications for the world as a whole.
The year 2008 saw a shift of focus in the war on terrorism -- with attention moving away from Iraq toward South Asia, and consensus developing among Western leaders that Pakistan must be at the center of the global counterterrorism strategy.
What would happen if the Taliban's spiritual fathers denounced terrorism? That, in effect, is what has taken place in Deoband, the northern Indian hometown of the austere form of Sunni Islam followed by the Taliban.