NBC's lead was filed by Lisa Myers in Washington DC but it was reported by a pair of NBC News producers from Pakistan. With the Pentagon so worried about pro-Taliban guerrillas infiltrating Afghanistan from Waziristan, the tribal province of northwest Pakistan, producers Iqbal Sapand and Mushtaq Yusufzai tested the true state of border security. It turns out that the imagined threat of stealthy al-Qaeda subterfuge is unhinged from reality. There is thriving, peaceful commerce along the highway between Peshawar and Jalalabad, with 200,000 daily crossings and cursory border controls. The pair traveled there and back by bus without even having their papers checked. "Locals told NBC it is always this way." Myers asserted. "Militants need not brave the elements and inhospitable mountain terrain to enter Afghanistan. For $4 they can take the bus."
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