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Religious Radicals Facing Backlash in Pakistan: Families Bitter Over Fate of Recruits to Taliban {Cause;} Young Men Were 'Betrayed By the Mullahs'

Date: January 28, 2002
Author: Doug Struck
QUOTE: Their anger reflects a widespread disillusionment with religious leaders who rallied Pakistanis to the side of the Taliban, and a souring of the Islamic militancy that had produced volunteers for the cause and threatened to undermine the Pakistani government's support for the United States.

ABSTRACT: The fervor and zeal once used to recruit a wave of young Pakistani men into the fight in Afghanistan has soured as the unscathed recruiters and leaders have returned to Pakistan without the young men whom they 'Pied Pipered' away--most of whom are now dead or severely wounded.

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