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Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

Designated as terrorist by: Canada, United Kingdom, United Nations, United States

Base of operations: Pakistan

Background: National Counterterrorism Center
Background: Mapping Militant Organizations (Stanford)

Founded in 2007 and closely tied to al-Qaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP; "Taliban Movement of Pakistan") is an umbrella organization of Sunni militant groups based in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan-Pakistani border, where it wields significant clout. Though it draws inspiration from the Afghan Taliban, is often described as the Pakistani Taliban, and has declared allegiance to Mullah Omar, TTP is considered a distinct entity. Its goals are to expel U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan, conduct a "defensive jihad" against Pakistani forces in the tribal regions, and ultimately turn Pakistan into an Islamic state similar to Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Its tactics have ranged from suicide bombings and kidnappings to IED and small-arms attacks. Highlighting the danger posed to the Pakistani government, TTP operatives were implicated in the December 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the country's former prime minister. TTP leaders have also regularly threatened the United States and other Western nations. Notably, the group was connected to Faisal Shahzad's failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square on May 1, 2010.

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