Syndication of extremist groups in FATA possible, says US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

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Washington, July 21 : US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman (JCSC) Admiral Mike Mullen has warned that there is a "joining and a syndication of various extremist and terrorist groups" in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which could pose an internal threat to that country in the near future.

In an interview on Fox Television, Admiral Mullen, who recently visited Pakistan and Afghanistan, said there is "no firm evidence that Al Qaeda is shifting its fighters from Iraq to Afghanistan."

He said that during his visit to the region, the whole issue of FATA and safe havens for foreign fighters of Al Qaeda and the Taliban had come up.

According to the Daily Times, he claimed that the insurgents are now "freely, much more freely able to come across the border.

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