Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pakistan Injects Precision Into Air War on Taliban

Sophisticated imagery and accurate weapons have helped reduce civilian casualties. (The New York Times)

U.S. unsure on success of Pakistan's Swat offensive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is unclear if Pakistan's offensive in Swat has killed off Taliban insurgents or simply scattered them, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, adding a note of caution to U.S. praise for the effort. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ahu & Me: A Dog Is Lost, Hope Is Found In Pakistan

By Pamela Constable
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- I almost missed her at first, a small dusty dog curled up under a taxi in a crowded airport. But when I whistled, she poked her head out and looked up with a faintly hopeful expression. She had a slender face and huge brown eyes, like a doe. (The Washington Post)

Monday, July 27, 2009

With Stubborn Chaos in Swat, Land Owners Stay in Exile

By JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH The reluctance of landowners to return to the Swat Valley is a blow to the Pakistani military's campaign to restore stability to the region. (The Washington Post)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Serious Challenger Emerges in Afghan Race

By CARLOTTA GALL Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is the one candidate who has a chance of forcing President Hamid Karzai into a runoff. (The New York Times)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pakistan Seeks More U.S. Military Aid

By Joshua Partlow
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 22 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on Wednesday called on the United States to provide real-time intelligence, unmanned aircraft technology and other military assistance to help his country combat the Taliban without relying on attacks from U.S. drones. (The Washington Post)

Pakistani Prime Minister Calls for More U.S. Assistance

By Joshua Partlow
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 22 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday called on the United States to provide real-time intelligence, unmanned aircraft technology and other military assistance to help Pakistan combat the Taliban without relying on attacks from U.S. drones. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Coordinated Attacks in Afghanistan Kill 6

By CARLOTTA GALL and RUHULLAH KHAPALWAK The Taliban claimed responsibility as eight suicide attackers assaulted government compounds on Tuesday. (The New York Times)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pentagon Seeks Prison Overhaul in Afghanistan

By ERIC SCHMITT A U.S. military review calls for overhauling the troubled American-run prison at Bagram Air Base, which has become an ominous symbol for Afghans. (The Washington Post)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

India Visit Leaves Officials for Last Day

By Glenn Kessler
MUMBAI, India, July 18 -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reached out to the full spectrum of Indian society Saturday, sharing petits fours with corporate titans, including a man building a $1 billion home, and later munching nuts with rural women who embroider clothing for just dollars a... (The Washington Post)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Political Rivals Agree to Work Together for Pakistan's Sake

By Joshua Partlow and Aoun Sahi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 17 -- Pakistan's leading opposition figure, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, met with President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday, following a Supreme Court ruling that acquitted Sharif of hijacking charges during a coup against his government a decade ago. (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

India, Pakistan PMs to meet, Mumbai attacks cloud talks

By Rina Chandran
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - The prime ministers of India and Pakistan meet in Egypt on Thursday for talks which Islamabad hopes will pave the way to the resolution of all disputes with its rival. (The Washington Post)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tough Times for Smugglers at Pakistan's 'American Market'

By Joshua Partlow
PESHAWAR, Pakistan Not that they really have the right to complain, but these are also dire economic times for smugglers and gun runners. (The Washington Post)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Another Insurgency Gains in Pakistan

By CARLOTTA GALL A conflict in Baluchistan, a vast and restless province in Pakistan's southwest, is distracting the government from its crackdown on the Taliban and Al Qaeda. (The New York Times)

Friday, July 10, 2009

U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.'s Died

By JAMES RISEN Bush administration officials are said to have repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate a mass killing by the forces of an American-backed warlord. (The New York Times)

U.S. General Sees Afghan Army, Police Insufficient

By Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the newly arrived top commander in Afghanistan, has concluded that the Afghan security forces will have to be far larger than currently planned if President Obama's strategy for winning the war is to succeed, according to senior military officials. (The Washington Post)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Trampled by the 'Civilian Surge'

By Anna Husarska
Why the latest surge in Afghanistan could do more harm than good. (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Suspected U.S. Drones Kill at Least 44 in Pakistan

By Joshua Partlow and Haq Nawaz Khan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 8 -- For the second consecutive day, unmanned U.S. spy planes pounded suspected Taliban targets in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 44 people, according to a Pakistani official. (The Washington Post)

Monday, July 6, 2009

7 US troops killed throughout Afghanistan - Yahoo! News

KABUL – Bombs and bullets killed seven American troops on Monday, the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan in nearly a year — and a sign that the war being fought in the Taliban heartland of the south and east could now be expanding north. (Associated Press)

Piecing Together an Immigrant's Life the U.S. Refused to See

By NINA BERNSTEIN The story of a detainee and his death, kept in official oblivion for three years, shows how 9/11 changed the stakes for those tangled in U.S. immigration laws. (The New York Times)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Afghan-Pakistani Hostility Impedes U.S. Troops

By Greg Jaffe
ON THE AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN BORDER -- Lt. Gabe Lamois's mission sounded simple: Hike down the hill to the Pakistani Frontier Corps' border post, inform the commander there that U.S. and Afghan troops were going to be moving through the area at 3 a.m., and hike back up the hill. (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Marines Deploy on Major Mission

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, July 2 -- Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghani... (The Washington Post)