The al Qaeda militants, numbering between 500-1000, are now effectively cornered in the hilly terrain, as all roads to the areas where they are holed up are controlled by Maulana Nazir
, a pro-Government Taliban 'commander' (chief of the Taliban Shura
for Ahmadzai Wazir-dominated areas of South Waziristan), and his
Reports indicate that Maulana Nazir
, 'commander' of the pro-Taliban militants, was at one point disinclined to a truce.