It’s pretty safe. From David Rohde’s account of being held prisoner by the Haqqani network in Miram Shah, North Waziristan:

We arrived at a new house, and I was again surprised by the good conditions. It had regular electricity, and we could wash ourselves with buckets of warm water. I received a new set of clothes, a toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo. Guards allowed us to walk in a yard, and the weather was surprisingly warm. We received pomegranates and other fresh food and Nestlé Pure Life water bottled in Pakistan.

The tribal areas were more developed and the Taliban more sophisticated than I expected. They browsed the Internet and listened to hourly news updates on Azadi Radio, a station run by the American government. But then they dismissed whatever information did not meet their preconceptions.

I’m going to hold off drawing any lessons from the series until I read the whole thing, but this jumped out at me.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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