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    What’s Behind the Pakistani Taliban’s Insurgency?

    What’s Behind the Pakistani Taliban’s Insurgency?

    — When a suicide bomber struck a mosque inside a police compound in the northwestern of Peshawar on Monday, suspicion immediately fell on the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban , or TTP.

    In a post on Twitter, a commander for the group, Sarbakaf Mohmand, claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent months.

    But more than 10 hours later, TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani distanced the group from the bombing, saying it was not its policy to target mosques or other religious sites, adding that those taking part in such acts could face punitive action under TTP's policy. His statement did not address why a TTP commander had claimed responsibility for the bombing.

    The TTP's denial also came after the Afghan Foreign Ministry condemned attacks on worshippers as contrary to the teachings of Islam.

    Relations already are strained between Pakistan and neighboring 's Taliban rulers, who are sheltering the TTP leadership and fighters.

    A look at the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has waged an insurgency in the country for 15 years:

    Why is the TTP fighting an insurgency?

    Angered by Pakistan's cooperation with Washington in the war on terrorism, the TTP was officially set up by Pakistani militants in 2007 when different outlawed groups agreed to work together against Pakistan and support the Afghan Taliban, who were fighting U.S….

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