Accession Number : ADA539621
Title : Pakistan's Tribal Lands: Central Front in the War Against the Global Islamist Insurgency
Descriptive Note : Research paper
Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
Personal Author(s) : Wright, Parker H.
Report Date : APR 2009
Pagination or Media Count : 48
Abstract : Al Qaeda's safe haven in Pakistan is critical to its enduring ability to conduct global operations against the United States, its allies, and its interests. Reducing or eliminating that safe haven will have a significant impact on the organization's operational capacity. The United States must partner with the Pakistani government to further disrupt al Qaeda's safe haven in the near-term while simultaneously conducting counterinsurgency (COIN) operations to roll back the spread of the Taliban in the long-term. Eliminating al Qaeda's sanctuary in Pakistan's tribal areas will not defeat the global Islamist insurgency, nor resolve the myriad issues in Pakistan, nor win the war in Afghanistan, but it is a prerequisite for all three. This paper first details al Qaeda's safe haven in Pakistan and describes what the United States and Pakistan have done so far to address it. It then explores three approaches for combating al Qaeda in Pakistan: 1) air policing, 2) co-opting local tribes, and 3) traditional COIN operations. Lastly, it recommends a set of guiding principles for developing a new strategy.
Descriptors : *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *TERRORISTS , *PAKISTAN , *ISLAM , STRATEGY , CAPACITY(QUANTITY) , AFGHANISTAN , INSURGENCY , UNITED STATES , GLOBAL , WARFARE , ORGANIZATIONS
Subject Categories : UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE