Anyone that's been hearing the occasional soundbite about nations like Pakistan & Saudi Arabia going after the terrorists within their borders has to be wondering "how are they doing it?" Well here's an example:
At the start of the month, Pakistan massed several thousand troops in and around the town of Wana, near the country's mountainous border with Afghanistan. Using a harsh century-old British method, officials handed local tribal elders a list and issued an ultimatum.
If 72 men wanted for sheltering Al Qaeda were not produced, they said, the Pakistani Army would punish the tribe as a group, demolishing houses, withdrawing funds and even detaining tribe members.
Several days later, several thousand tribal elders held a jirga, or council, and agreed to raise a force of their own to find the wanted men. In the last two weeks, the tribes have handed over 42 of them. Tribal members, meanwhile, have bulldozed and dynamited the homes of eight men who refused to surrender.
Things like this remind us of the dillema we face in the "war on terror". Countries like this actually have it easy: in dictatorships & other forms of absolutist rule, heads of state can pick off nuissances however they feel like it, since they don't respect civil rights anyway. As a free, democratic nation, the US has to figure out how to catch those that would harm us without turning into the type of country where something like the above story is par for the course.