Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pakistani Offensive Puts Truce on Shakier Ground

A negotiator for the Taliban broke off talks to protest a government offensive in the Swat Valley. (The New York Times)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Talks With Taliban in Pakistan on Hold After Military Offensive

By Nahal Toosi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 27 -- A Pakistani military offensive against insurgent hideouts prompted suspension of controversial peace talks with the Taliban on Monday, and the country's president sought additional foreign aid to ensure that its nuclear arms remain in "safe hands." (The Washington Post)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

In Pakistan, Guile Helps Taliban Gain

The fall of Buner, a strategic district in Pakistan, involved tactics that could be replicated elsewhere. (The New York Times)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sound the Alarm

THE TALIBAN raised fears in Pakistan last week by briefly seizing new territories near the capital, Islamabad. But in its own way, the Obama administration offered as much reason for panic about the deteriorating situation in that nuclear-armed Muslim country. In the course of just three days, the... (The Washington Post)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Alarm Grows Over Pakistan's Failure to Halt Militant Gains

The fall of a district near Pakistan's capital to Taliban fighters has raised alarm about the ability of the government to fend off the militants' advance. (The New York Times)

Taliban Advance, Pakistan's Wavering Worry Obama Team

By Karen DeYoung
The Obama administration reacted with increasing alarm yesterday to ongoing Taliban advances in Pakistan, warning the Pakistani government that failure to take action against the extremists could endanger its partnership with the United States as well as U.S. strategy in neighboring Afghanistan. (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

U.S. May Fill Afghan Civilian Posts With Military Personnel

Military personnel will fill hundreds of posts in Afghanistan that had been intended for civilian experts, senior officials said. (The New York Times)

Clinton: Pakistani Government 'Abdicating' to Extremist Forces

By Glenn Kessler
The Pakistani government "is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Congress yesterday in an unusually blunt statement that reflects the unease within the Obama administration about an agreement authorized by President Asif Ali... (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

U.S. wants broader Pakistan military ties: official

By David Morgan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration wants to pursue broader military ties with Pakistan to help Islamabad combat a growing threat from militant groups including the Taliban, a Pentagon official said Tuesday. (The Washington Post)

Bomber Hits Checkpoint in Pakistan, Killing 20

The police blamed the Pakistani Taliban for the attack, which hit around the time when the guard was changing at the checkpoint. (The New York Times)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

India's Muslims See Bias in Housing

By Emily Wax
MUMBAI -- The sunny apartment had everything Palvisha Aslam, 22, a Bollywood producer, wanted: a spacious bedroom and a kitchen that overlooked a garden in a middle-class neighborhood that was a short commute to Film City, where many of India's Hindi movies are shot. (The Washington Post)

Pakistani Cleric Calls for Islamic Law Nationwide

By Pamela Constable
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 17 -- A firebrand Islamist cleric, released on bail after almost two years under house arrest, returned triumphantly Friday to his former mosque in Pakistan's capital, where he called on a crowd of chanting followers to spread the crusade for Islamic law across the... (The Washington Post)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pakistan Dodges A Bullet

By David Ignatius
How the Obama administration averted a military coup in Islamabad. (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

U.S. Criticizes Pakistan's Deal On Islamic Law

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 14 -- The Obama administration said Pakistan's imposition of Islamic law in a northwest valley to quell a Taliban insurgency undermines human rights, while a visiting U.S. senator urged the country to "ratchet up" its urgency in the terror fight. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kerry: Pakistan needs more urgency in terror fight

ISLAMABAD -- A top U.S. senator on Tuesday urged Pakistan to "ratchet up" its sense of urgency in battling the spreading militancy in its northwest, even as the government defended a deal to impose Islamic law in a swath of the region to achieve peace with the Taliban. (The Washington Post)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Afghan Law Ignites Debate on Religion, Sex

By Pamela Constable
KABUL, April 10 -- When Afghanistan's government quietly enacted a sweeping law last month restricting the rights of minority Shiite women, few Afghans were aware of what it said. But since the law's contents became known here just over a week ago, it has provoked an extraordinary public debate o... (The Washington Post)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Slain Pakistani politician helped free American

ISLAMABAD -- A separatist politician whose mutilated body was found in Pakistan's restive southwest had helped secure the release of a kidnapped American U.N. worker, the U.S. Embassy said. (The Washington Post)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Short Fuse in Pakistan

By David Ignatius
Richard Holbrooke and Mike Mullen uncover fresh evidence of chaos in Pakistan. (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

U.S. Envoy Says India Is Not Being Pressured

By Rama Lakshmi
NEW DELHI, April 8 -- U.S. special envoy Richard C. Holbrooke said Wednesday that "India, Pakistan and the U.S. face a common threat" posed by Islamist extremist groups. But Holbrooke, in New Delhi for meetings with top Indian officials after visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan, denied asking Indi... (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pakistan, U.S. stress trust, disagree on drones

By Robert Birsel
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan and the United States must build trust as they confront Islamist militant violence, senior officials said on Tuesday, but they failed to resolve disagreement on U.S. drone aircraft strikes in Pakistan. (The Washington Post)

Pakistan's Chief Justice Assails Attorney General Over Taliban Flogging

The newly restored judge, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, assailed government officials for not taking up the case until it became a national scandal. (The New York Times)

More Drone Attacks in Pakistan Planned

Despite threats from the Taliban, the U.S. may expand missile strikes to another haven for militants, senior administration officials said. (The New York Times)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Taliban threaten 2 attacks per week in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -- A suicide bombing at a crowded Shiite mosque south of Pakistan's capital killed 26 people, the latest evidence of how security in the U.S.-allied nation is crumbling well beyond the Afghan border region where al-Qaida and Taliban fighters thrive. (The Washington Post)

With conditions set on aid, Pakistan sharpens tone

ISLAMABAD -- When U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke arrives in Pakistan this week he will be publicly feted for President Barack Obama's pledge of massive, long-term aid for a wobbling nation critical to America's strategy for turning around its the war in Afghanistan. (The Washington Post)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Which Way in Afghanistan? Ask Colombia For Directions.

By Scott Wilson
Colombia offers a far better classroom then Iraq for learning how to beat the Taliban. (The Washington Post)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Congress Moves to Set Terms for Pakistan Aid

By Karen DeYoung
Just as it did with Iraq, Congress is moving toward imposing benchmarks that the Pakistani government must meet to qualify for billions of dollars of U.S. military assistance. But the proposed restrictions, introduced in House legislation Thursday, have made both the White House and the Pakistani... (The Washington Post)

Which Way in Afghanistan? Ask Colombia For Directions.

By Scott Wilson
Colombia offers a far better classroom then Iraq for learning how to beat the Taliban. (The Washington Post)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

NATO Meeting to Highlight Strains on Afghanistan

President Obama's strategy significantly Americanizes the war effort, putting new demands on the alliance. (The New York Times)

Detention at Afghan Base Is Subject to U.S. Courts

A federal judge ruled that some of the prisoners have a constitutional right to challenge their detention. (The New York Times)