Terrorism

Al Qaeda's New Target

Al Qaeda's notorious attacks on Western targets may be taking a backseat to matters closer to home, according to the New York Times. With terrorist plots against the West increasingly difficult to carry out, the terror group is shifting focus to Pakistan, where it sees an opportunity to expand its power by destabilizing the government. Experts say that a collapsed Pakistan, which possesses nuclear weapons, could be a boon to terrorists, providing a base of operations to plot attacks foreign targets. “They smell blood, and they are intoxicated by the idea of a jihadist takeover in Pakistan,” one former CIA analyst told the Times.