FATA, Dec 2,2013 (Inam Ullah Khan / UPI NEXT) — The closure last May of three U.S.-funded community radio stations in Pakistan’s insurgency-hit tribal areas may strengthen militants’ voices, residents fear.

The stations were among four set up from 2004 to 2006 in the four largest towns in the Federally Administered Tribal Area, including Wana in South Waziristan, Jamrud in Khyber, and Razmak and Miran Shah in North Waziristan. The Wana station has been off the air since it was blown up by militants in 2009. The other three broadcast for eight or more years, defying threats from militants against radio staff and juggling technical and operational difficulties.

Read more Pakistanis fear cut in U.S.-funded radio could aid militants – UPI.com.

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