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Enemy Headquarters Revealed


The dark heart of the war on terror resides in Pakistan’s Waziristan region. This is where al Qaeda has reconstituted its sanctuary, and that is why the current crisis in nuclear-armed Pakistan is so dangerous.

What is life in Waziristan like, and why is this poorly-known tribal region now home to some of the West’s deadliest enemies? For that matter, what is Muslim “tribalism,” and why has tribal life become an ever-more-obviously important factor in the war on terror? I attempt to answer these questions, and more, in a new piece for the Claremont Review of Books. It’s been years since a research project has shaped my understanding of the war on terror this much. So here is “Tribes of Terror.

I want to express my gratitude to CRB for agreeing to release this piece well in advance of their Winter issue–obviously, in consideration of events now unfolding in Pakistan. Since only a few of CRB’s articles are available online, I can’t do without my subscription. For your own subscription, go here


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