The NY Times is reporting that a new strategy is being considered for fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the border regions of Pakistan. The idea is to try to replicate the success the military has had enlisting the help of local tribes in Anbar province:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 — A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces against an expanding militancy, American military officials said.
To the local tribes, the Arabs that are guarding Osama bin Laden have to be sticking out like a sore thumb. If their support can be enlisted, I think it would be very successful.