In These Remote Hills, A Resurgent al-Qaeda

Locals say bin Laden's group is tying up with the Taliban to threaten U.S. troops

The villagers found the man's body off the road, in the pines. He had been tortured; his trousers were stripped off, and a handwritten note was taped to his groin. "Don't be angry or shocked," the note read in Pashtu. "He was an American spy."

Judging from his clothing and his features, locals say, the man was an Afghan from across the border. But nobody in Kaniguram, a mountain hamlet in the Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan, could say why he had been slaughtered just a few weeks ago. The Pakistani police have no jurisdiction; their command in the tribal areas...

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