The Taliban of Swat

“A large Pakistani flag flaps in the wind atop a tree-covered mountain… In the past two years the army has twice failed to defeat the Taliban of Swat.” — BBC News, 2009-05-23. The Taliban of Swat (with apologies to Edward Lear) Who, or why, or which, or what, are the Taliban of Swat? How did they get where they are today? Were they funded and trained by the CIA, or NOT,