Pakistan

Taliban Influence Waning in Swat Region of Pakistan

As girl shot in the head by the Taliban addresses the UN

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When the Pakistani Taliban shotMalala Yousafzai in the head, their message to the world was simple: girls have no right to an education and their dreams of a better future should be crushed.

The attack portrayed the world's only Muslim nuclear power in an appalling light as Western leaders and celebrities fell over themselves to turnMalala into a global icon of child rights. 

But while she gears up to address the UN General Assembly on Friday—her 16th birthday and nine months since the shooting—more girls than ever in her home, Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley, are in school.