- Written by Dr. Bruce Hoffman, prepared exclusively for SITE
- Articles & Analysis
- Created: July 1, 2002
The central front in the war on terrorism today is not Iraq, but the lawless border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our preoccupation with Iraq has already exacted a heavy price in terms of mounting instability and growing jihadist strength in both south Asian countries. Moreover, virtually every major terrorist attack or plot of the past four years has emanated from al-Qaeda’s reconstituted sanctuary in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and surrounding provinces.