Taliban in Swat valley announce indefinite ceasefire

Im suprised this has not recieved more media attention. Is this going to set a precedent for the rest of the country? What kind of message is this going to send to the extremists elsewhere?
The Swat valley has only ever been under loose government control. I was there some 15 years ago and all the policemen would hang around in nervous groups on the street corners, avoiding eye contact, trying to look inconspicuous and with their bolt action rifles completey out-gunned by all the passing AK toting tribesmen. In terms of government control I think the status quo has not changed all that much.

What is very worrying is that the balance of power within the area appears to have moved away from the traditional tribal structures to a more hardline structure. If this is true then it will be very difficult to deal with the situation. The implication for Afghanistan? Every successful insurgency has had a secure base from which to mount from...

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