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Archive for the 'Pakistan' Category

Eric Holder: Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Square Bomb Attempt

After some confusion over whether the government was looking to Pakistan as the source of the Times Square bombing attempt, Attorney General Holder seemed to confirm their role today:
More firmly and publicly than before, senior officials of the Obama administration on Sunday blamed the failed attempt to blow up a bomb in Times Square on [...]

All Eyes Turn To Pakistan In Times Square Investigation

by @ Thursday, May 6th, 2010. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Pakistan, War On Terror

It’s increasingly apparent that the Pakistani Taliban was indeed behind the attempted bombing of Times Square:
WASHINGTON — American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant [...]

A Pakistani Connection To 9/11

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, September 11th, War On Terror

Some interesting information was found recently in connection with a raid on a Pakistani terror cell:
SHERWANGAI, Pakistan — Pakistani forces pushing toward a lair of hard-core Taliban fighters found documents this week linked to a member of the Hamburg cell of Al Qaeda that is believed to have planned the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In a [...]

Pakistani Taliban Targeting Pakistani Nuclear Weapons ?

by @ Friday, October 23rd, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, War On Terror

Well this is the kind of thing you really don’t want to read when you wake up in the morning:
The Pakistani Taliban targeted an air base believed to be one of the country’s secret nuclear weapons facilities on Friday among a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 25 people across the country.
The attack [...]

Report: Pakistan Recruiting Former Taliban To Join Fight Against India

by @ Thursday, October 8th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, India, Pakistan, War On Terror

This report from the Times Of India is very disturbing if true:
NEW DELHI: In a new shift in tactics, Pakistan is planning to push as many as 60 “surrendered” Taliban into Jammu and Kashmir to become part of the “jihad” against India. The ISI is said to have offered the extremists the option of either [...]

Pakistanis Oppose U.S. Involvement In Fight Against Militants

by @ Thursday, October 1st, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, War On Terror

A new poll indicates that most Pakistanis are opposed to the U.S. becoming involved in the fight against al Qaeda and other militants in the country’s northern regions:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Even with the arrival of the Obama administration and the prospect of substantially increased aid, more Pakistanis — an overwhelming majority — continued to reject [...]

Taliban Finding Refuge In Pakistani Border Region

by @ Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, War On Terror

U.S. military analysts are saying that the Taliban are taking refuge in a previously forgotten area of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — As American troops move deeper into southern Afghanistan to fight Taliban insurgents, U.S. officials are expressing new concerns about the role of fugitive Taliban leader Mohammad Omar and his council of lieutenants, who [...]

Taliban Using Pakistan Sanctuary To Attack Afghanistan

by @ Thursday, September 24th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, War On Terror

Today’s New York Times provides further evidence that merely concentrating on Afghanistan isn’t going to work:
WASHINGTON — Senior Taliban leaders, showing a surprising level of sophistication and organization, are using their sanctuary in Pakistan to stoke a widening campaign of violence in northern and western Afghanistan, senior American military and intelligence officials say.
The Taliban’s expansion [...]

Anti-American Sentiment On The Rise In Pakistan

by @ Saturday, September 12th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, China, Foreign Affairs, India, Middle East, Pakistan

As the War on Terror shifts it’s focus to the northern regions of Pakistan, it seems that the average Pakistani is becoming more suspicious of the United States:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — For weeks now, the Pakistani media have portrayed America, its military and defense contractors in the darkest of lights, all part of an apparent campaign [...]

What, Exactly, Are We Still Doing In Afghanistan ?

by @ Thursday, August 13th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Pakistan, War On Terror

Dave Schuler had a great post over at Outside The Beltway earlier this week about the ongoing debate over America’s long-term objectives in Afghanistan and made this excellent point:
In 2003 our strategic objectives in Afghanistan were six:

Eliminate the Al Qaeda network in Afghanistan.
Convince or compel the Afghan Taliban to end its support for Al Qaeda.
Demonstrate [...]

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