An article in Foreign Policy by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedeman, on increasing jihadi violence in Pakistan’s FATA and NWFP. Aside from being the ‘heaquarters’ of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, interesting tidbits on the region include:
Jihadi violence has grown exponentially in Pakistan over the last several years. Insurgent attacks have increased more than 700 percent since 2005, and suicide attacks have increased 20-fold. Suicide bombers managed, for instance, to strike in three places in Pakistan in just one 24-hour period in April.
The following map is from the BBC, showing the Taliban presence in Afghanistan.
The article, from 2009, is likely already out of date. Still, as of 2009 over 1,500 Pakistanis had lost their lives to militants.