Taliban Seize Vital Pakistan Area Closer to the Capital I have absolutely no idea what's going on, so I decided to draw up some charts. Now I still have no idea what's going on, and I also have charts. Derived from CIA maps, provided by the library of the University of Texas-Austin: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/pakistan.html (note the city of Mardan is not marked, I edited it in manually.) So - what are the implications of this? Will this further destabilize the politics of Pakistan, and how far? What kinds of military conflict will we see in the immediate future? Where will the US stand? Is there real concern about the status of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal?