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There is little doubt al-Qaida and the Taliban ordered Bhutto's assassination.
They saw her and her plans as the biggest threat to their privileged sanctuaries in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas that straddle the Pakistan-Afghan border.
Over the past year Taliban guerrillas in three of the seven FATAs -- North and South Waziristan and Bajaur -- fought the Pakistani army to a standstill.
Bhutto also talked to me, not for publication, about the Taliban in Afghanistan, which she considered a no-win situation for U.S. and NATO allies unless the Taliban and al-Qaida could be eliminated in the FATA tribal agencies.