The agreement reunited four major Pakistan-based militant factions under the flag of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban chief, an announcement by the militants said…

The pact would enable Mullah Omar to reinforce the Taliban ranks, while the pledged cessation of attacks against the Pakistani security forces would allow the militants greater freedom to launch cross-border attacks into Afghanistan. “It will take a lot of pressure off the militants, and deepen the tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan,” said Mansur Mahsud, director of research at the Fata Research Center, an independent think tank. “There will be angry complaints by the Americans, and counter-accusations by Pakistan that NATO isn’t stopping raids by Pakistani insurgents from Afghan territory.” Taliban sources said three heavyweight militants mediated the intra-militant pact, reached after a month-and-a-half of reportedly tense negotiations: Abu Yahya al Libbi of al Qaida, and Maulana Mansoor and Siraj-ud-Din Haqqani of the Taliban.