The reported death of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud may present a major setback for militants seeking to destabilize Pakistan. Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, and journalist Steve Coll assess the development.
The tribal areas of Pakistan have become an increasing dangerous place. A National Geographic journalist describes the challenges of traveling in northwest provinces such as Waziristan and interacting with Islamists.
Tribal leaders and the Pakistani government are trying to restore a truce after militants killed at least 73 people in the North Waziristan region over the weekend. A former intelligence official and a scholar explain the situation.