Diplomatic presence on the scale of Iraq prompts concerns in Pakistan about American meddling
Experts see the Islamic fighters as less of a risk than radical insiders gaining access to nuclear materials.
As Army bombs the area, militants are digging in and preparing for ground battle.
Residents living between the militants and the capital worry their understaffed security forces can't defend their town.
To bolster tenuous progress, the Army must push on to drive the Taliban out of Swat Valley, according to some analysts.
The tenuous peace deal with the militants comes under increasing strain as Taliban take areas closer to Pakistan’s capital.
The government deployed troops to militant-controlled Buner district Thursday amid growing foreign concern about Taliban encroachment.
They have taken control of Buner next door and made forays into two more districts.