The United States says securing Pakistan's western border is key to restoring stability in Afghanistan.
The predominantly tribal region is home to many anti-government armed groups and the staging site for attacks inside Afghanistan.
But as Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from Islamabad, the Pakistani government has little control over the region and defence experts say the situation could get even worse.
In: Afghanistan, News, Middle East
Tags: Pakistan, Afghanistan, War, Pashtuns, US, NATO, ISAF
Location: Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan (load item map)
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