Notable Quotable

by Joshua Foust on 12/4/2008

A friend from the region described the FATA as “a forgotten age” where only the “law of the jungle” prevails. These unsettled areas have become infiltrated by a multinational anti-state terror network (Al-Qaeda, Taliban, the Haqqani network, and roughly 14 definable anti-state elements operating in the FATA alone), which the US government calls “anti-coalition militias” and are far more sinister and interconnected than the West imagines. With five years of Iraqi experience – and powerful communication and financial support behind them – this network is growing rapidly.

I have GOT to meet this friend of Ashley Bommer, who knows about all those Haqqanis fighting in Iraq the last five years. But in all seriousness, the main point of her essay, which is to highlight just how misguided the U.S.’s “bomb from afar but don’t engage communities” approach to the tribal areas of Pakistan really is, is a very good one I wish more policy makers would pay attention to.


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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