Somewhere beyond magical thinking lies a special world of sheer idiocy compounded by crazy: The simmering strategic crisis between the United States and Pakistan exploded with full force on May 1, with the unilateral and unauthorized US commando raid alleged to have killed the phantomatic Osama bin Laden in a compound at Abottabad, a flagrant […]
The biggest Taliban offensive of 2011 thus far lasted two days: Afghan security forces on Sunday killed a few insurgents who had barricaded themselves inside a hotel in the southern city of Kandahar, ending a two-day battle that left more than two dozen militants dead after assaults on government buildings, officials said.
The White House is still going to start withdrawing forces from Afghanistan next year, but the timeline is changing and Arianna is upset: Another official said the administration also realized in contacts with Pakistani officials that the Pakistanis had concluded wrongly that July 2011 would mark the beginning of the end of U.S. military operations […]
The Huffington Post sees the Baradar capture as a confusing story about war fog: 10:39 AM ET — The fog of war in Pakistan. Joshua Foust at Registan.com masterfully highlights the confusion over a) how the recent captures of Taliban leaders actually took place and b) whether they are evidence of a shift in Pakistan’s […]
Around Marjah, a preemptive wintertime offensive aims to nip the rumored Taliban spring offensive in the bud. What with the successful arrest of Mullah Baradar, there’s been an unusually-high level of Pakistani-American cooperation lately, too. From the NYT: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has told the United States it wants a central role in resolving the […]