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Taliban using Pakistan flood disaster to recruit soldiers

Taliban insurgents are hoping to use the devastating floods in Pakistan to their advantage by bargaining with much-needed food and medicines.

According to the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), Taliban insurgents are hoping to use the devastating floods in Pakistan to their advantage.

With large-scale misery in the region caused by the floods, the Taliban is hoping to enlist as many as 50,000 new warriors to fight in exchange for much-needed food and medicine.   This natural disaster is reportedly presenting the Taliban with their biggest recruiting opportunity in a decade and thousands of guerrillas are traveling to flood-ravaged areas to 'help' starving victims.

Since August 5, U.S. support on the ground has rescued more than 3,500 people and transported more than 412,000 pounds of emergency relief, but one-fifth of Pakistan--a sizable area equivalent to the state of Florida--remains underwater.

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