"Hundreds of Kashmiri militants who left home as young men two decades ago have begun to return, middle-aged and disillusioned. What happens to them now?
What might help defeat Muslim extremists in Pakistan for good? Bollywood!
"Uniforms have been stolen in the past for this kind of thing."
An update on the investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008. (Previously
The Protean Enemy
by Jessica Stern
, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2003What accounts for al Qaeda's ongoing effectiveness in the face of an unprecedented onslaught? The answer lies in the organization's remarkably protean nature. Over its life span, al Qaeda has constantly evolved and shown a surprising willingness to adapt its mission. This capacity for change has consistently made the group more appealing to recruits, attracted surprising new allies, and -- most worrisome from a Western perspective -- made it harder to detect and destroy. Unless Washington and its allies show a similar adaptability, the war on terrorism won't be won anytime soon, and the death toll is likely to mount.
Other texts by Jessica Stern: How America Created a Terrorist Haven
, Pakistan's Jihad Culture
, Talking With Terrorists
. Classical Reference: Proteus
"They went to Afghanistan to fight Americans, and they ended up fighting their fellow Muslims"
A backlash is rising against religious leaders in Pakistan who sent youths to their deaths with the fervor of jihad. As the Afghan Taliban supporters defect to the victorious rebels, Pakistani and other foreign Taliban fighters are left to die in the trenches in a war that is not theirs against an enemy different from the one they hate.