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This child may be one of the last in Pakistan's tribal areas to be vaccinated.

Why the Taliban Is Banning Polio Vaccines


The Taliban banned polio vaccinations in tribal areas it controls, setting back a global campaign to eradicate the disease. Roughly 250,000 children in North and South Waziristan may not be inoculated against the infectious, debilitating disease that remains endemic in Pakistan and two other countries, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Last month militant leaders declared that public-health officials wouldn't be allowed to vaccinate children, claiming that the campaign is a ruse for American spies to penetrate the mountainous region. Their argument isn't completely unfounded. In the months leading up to Osama bin Laden's...

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