Baluchistan is the southwest region of Pakistan that strategically borders both Iran and Afghanistan. It was forced to become part of Pakistan in 1948 and the region has been a location of much conflict ever since. During the past several weeks, the region has been in turmoil following the death of rebel leader Nawab Akbar Bugti by Pakistani forces.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has recently made a deal with militants of the Waziristan region to keep hands off the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces based there. Likely troops will be redeployed to Baluchistan to quash any independence movement there. In the meantime the Taliban and al-Qaeda are stepping up across border raids to destabilize the Afghan government and attack NATO forces.
Musharraf is no longer a reliable ally in the war against these forces.