Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
Al Qaeda in Pakistan is heavily embedded with, and relies for its functionality upon, groups like the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The TTP is the primary militant group combatting the Pakistani state and is a key facilitator of al Qaeda in Pakistan. The umbrella group is active throughout Pakistan’s tribal areas but maintains a key haven in North Waziristan agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Senior Pakistani militants have served on al Qaeda’s leadership shura, Pakistanis have come to fill positions in the al Qaeda apparatus such as in its media and propaganda departments, and al Qaeda has collaborated with the TTP in conducting attacks inside Pakistan. Drone strikes targeting and killing al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan have frequently killed TTP members co-located with their al Qaeda partners.