Officials said told that about 10000 Taliban are hiding in the South Waziristan Agency. Some of them belong to the Tehreek-e-Taliban and other may belong to some other terrorist organizations. Most of them them are not the locals and belong to other nationalities.
The locals are strictly against these Taliban fighters and are in full support of Army operation. As few months back in Operation Rah-e-Raast in Swat locals not only were in favor of Pakistan Army, they formed their own forces comprising 1200 people in one instance and fought against the foreign militants side by side with Pakistan Army. They had attacked and took down several militant posts, killing many of them.