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Topic - Mahmood Shah
In the Pakistani tribal regions that harbor al Qaeda and a caldron of other jihadist groups, Islamic militants from Central Asia, China, Turkey and even Germany are growing in number, eclipsing Arabs and possibly raising new challenges not just for the U.S., but for Europe, Russia and China, say intelligence officials, analysts and residents of the area.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Taliban has published its first military field manual detailing how to spring ambushes, run spies and conduct an insurgency against coalition forces in Afghanistan.
"I think there must be a huge loss of morale for the troops that also must be kept in mind," said Mahmood Shah, a retired brigadier and former security official in the tribal regions.
While there are no exact numbers, Brig. Shah said intelligence sources in the tribal regions put the number of Arab and African jihadists at about 1,500, compared with 3,500 to 4,000 ranging from Chinese Uighurs and Uzbeks to recruits from Turkey and the Russian republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, as well as native and immigrant Germans.