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- Abdul Haq (Afghan leader) : A Northern Alliance leader who was killed in 2001 trying to lead an uprising against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
- Abdul Rasul Sayyaf : An Afghanistan politician and warlord, the only Pashtun leader in the Northern Alliance, and a Wahhabist favoring strict Islamic rule
- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar : Afghan radical jihadist leader, not affiliated with the Taliban, at large in Afghanistan or Pakistan
- Jalalabad : The capital of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
- Khyber pass : A mountain pass on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Madrassa : A Muslim religious school, some, but not all of which, have indoctrinated in extremism
- Northwest Frontier Province : A region of Pakistan, traditionally semi-autonomous under tribal rule, bordering Afghanistan] and the Federally Administered Tribal Area
- Pakistan : Country in southern Asia, established as a Muslim state split from India in 1947, bordering the Arabian Sea to the south, India to the east, Iran and Afghanistan to the west, and China to the north.
- Peshawar Seven : Coalition of seven Sunni mujahideen groups resisting the Soviets in the Afghanistan War (1978-92), assembled by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and with a sanctuary in Peshawar.
- Quetta : Capital of the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. It is believed to be the headquarters of the Taliban Quetta shura governing body under Mullah Muhammad Omar.
- Saad al-Faqih : A U.K.-based surgeon and Saudi dissident, who has been designated a terrorist supporter of al-Qaeda by the United States; he describes himself as a Saudi reformer
- Taliban : Salafist Islamic militia, governing Afghanistan 1996–2001; still fighting in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Turki al-Faisal : Senior prince of Saudi Arabia, who has headed their General Intelligence Department and been Ambassador both to the U.K. and U.S.; board, International Crisis Group
- U-2 Dragon Lady : A high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft that remains a key U.S. intelligence collection platform.
- U.S. Intelligence and terrorism in the 1980s : Tracking and actions against terrorism by the United States intelligence community in the 1980s
- U.S. intelligence and transnational crime and drugs : Activities of the United States intelligence community that are concerned with transnational crime and the drug trade, beyond the jurisdiction of domestic law enforcement
- Yunis Khalis : An early leader of the mujahideen (1919-2006), whose stronghold was Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province.