The Fourth Rail has a superb roundup of each of the dozen or so fronts that the global War on Terror is being waged. I would argue that Lebanon and Britain/France should also be included. Nonetheless, if you read just one article on this issue in one year, this should be that article. Nowhere else has the global nature of the conflict been so efficiently encapsulated.
It is frightening that a person in the position that Nancy Pelosi is in actually believes that the War on Terror exists only in Afghanistan and nowhere else, as she said on 60 minutes.
Overall, it appears that jihadists are losing ground in slightly more theatres than they are winning ground in. This is a reason for cautious optimism.
Plus, another good article is here :
When the Bush administration came into office, only Egypt and Jordan were functioning allies of the U.S. Iran and Iraq were already declared enemies, Syria was hostile, and even its supposed friends in the Arabian peninsula were so disinclined to help that none did anything to oppose al Qaeda. Some actively helped it, while others knowingly allowed private funds to reach the terrorists whose declared aim was to kill Americans.
The Iraq war has indeed brought into existence a New Middle East, in which Arab Sunnis can no longer gleefully disregard American interests because they need help against the looming threat of Shiite supremacy, while in Iraq at the core of the Arab world, the Shia are allied with the U.S. What past imperial statesmen strove to achieve with much cunning and cynicism, the Bush administration has brought about accidentally. But the result is exactly the same.