Pakistani Christians pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot Tuesday by a Taliban gunman for speaking out in support of education for women, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
** FILE ** Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (right) holds a rocket launcher with his comrades in Sararogha in the Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan, along the Afghanistan border, in October 2009. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud)
** FILE ** Members of U.S. Marine Scout-Sniper team look for a Taliban position in a nearby tree-line, during an exchange of fire with Taliban militants, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
** FILE ** In this May 11, 2009, file photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD TOMKINS/THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A soldier looks over the wreckage of a supply convoy Taliban insurgents attacked in Afghanistan's Kunar province. The province is a main infiltration route for Taliban insurgents heading to and from Afghanistan's central regions.