VBS.tv Explains Why the Taliban in Pakistan Are So Freaking Angry

Vice Founder Suroosh Alvi returns to the edge of the decimated Darra gun markets, now under Taliban control.
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In this VBS.tv news piece “Taliban in Pakistan,” Vice founder and always-insightful reporter Suroosh Alvi reminds us pretty much what we’ve known all along: stuff’s going down in Pakistan pretty much because everyone’s kinda peeved at U.S. foreign policy. In the 18-minute-long segment, Alvi speaks to a noted Pakistani journalist who’s interviewed Osama Bin Laden twice, frustrated local government soldiers, Taliban-sympathetic villagers, and a handful of other people who explain why Pakistan, and the Peshawar region in particular, has “spiraled downward into a cesspool of militancy and fundamentalism.”

The journalist, Rahimullah Yusufzai, explains that the Taliban are gaining momentum because they are ingratiating themselves with a poor, fed-up populace that’s receiving no support from the Pakistani government. According to a Taliban leader he interviewed, Yusufzai says there are thousands of young men who are willing to die as suicide bombers because they are “pissed off and vengeful beyond belief.” That same Taliban leader told Yusufzai he could “turn a young man into a suicide bomber in half an hour.” Yikes. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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