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Peshawar - the birthplace of al-Qaeda?

The University Town area in the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar is thought by many to remain a haven for militant groups.

Many Arab and Afghan mujahideen gathered in Peshawar's University Town during the 1980s in preparation for their fight against the Soviet Union's forces in Afghanistan.

It is thought that during that period this residential area became the birthplace of Al Qaeda.

Mehvish Hussain reports.

Video produced by BBC Urdu's Rifatullah Orakzai.

  • 02 May
  • From the section Asia