A New America Foundation report, by Paul Cruickshan, looks at the geographic sources of ‘serious’ jhadist terrorist plots against the ‘West’ between 2004 and 2011. The report shows that 53 percent are linked to established jihadist groups in Pakistan (specifically FATA) and just 6 percent to Yemen (a recent target of the CIA’s drone program).
The numbers are perhaps unsurprising, given it was Peshawar in Pakistan’s northwest that Al Qaeda was founded in 1988 by bin Laden. FATA’s porous Durand Line also serves as a modern exchange for insurgents in Afghanistan.
Between 100 to 150 Westerners traveled to the region in 2009 for paramilitary training and entry into the Taliban.