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IIUI
www.iiu.edu.pk

Six Dead, 18 Hurt in Pakistan University Bombing

As Pakistan’s army continued battling militants in southern Waziristan on Tuesday, two suicide bombers set off explosions at Islamabad’s International Islamic University, killing themselves and four others and wounding 18, according to The Associated Press. Updated

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistani soldiers
AP / K.M.Chaudary

Pakistan Getting Speedy Military Aid Delivery From Pentagon

After recent militant attacks in Pakistan that killed about 150, the Pentagon is pushing forward with plans to send about $200 million in military aid—in the form of equipment and “services,” according to Reuters.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


binladen
chinadaily.com

Report: Al-Qaida Hurting for Funds

Although the Taliban apparently enjoys good funding these days, thanks in part to drug money, the BBC reported Monday that al-Qaida is struggling by comparison, according to “terrorist financing official” (?) David Cohen.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


NATO soldier
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

U.N. Calls for Reinforcements in Afghanistan

While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


Moore

Moore and Hannity Debate ‘Capitalism,’ Terrorism, Conspiracy Theories

In the left corner, we have filmmaker Michael Moore, taking his anti-capitalism roadshow to ... Fox News. On the right, we have anchorman Sean Hannity, eager to repeatedly point out how much money Moore makes. But does Hannity believe in conspiracy theories? This does get lively.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


soldiers
AP / Brennan Linsley

Afghan Taliban Say They Have No International Agenda

The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years. To mark the anniversary, the Afghan Taliban asserted themselves via an Internet statement Wednesday, claiming they had—and have—no intention of attacking other countries, but they will continue to fight against Western colonizers as long as they occupy the country.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan landscape
Flickr / U.S. Army

A War of Absurdity

There is no indication that any of the contending forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are interested in bringing al-Qaida back. On the contrary, all the available evidence indicates that the Arab fighters are unwelcome and that it is their isolation from their former patrons that has led to their demise. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


Islamabad bombing
AP / B.K. Bangash

At Least Six Dead in Bomb Blast at U.N. Office in Pakistan

The United Nations World Food Program office in Islamabad, Pakistan, was a suicide bomber’s target Monday, and unfortunately it was a successful strike. The bomber was able to enter the building in the guise of a guard and set off 16 pounds of explosives during a busy noontime at the office, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at G-20 summit
AP / Charles Dharapak

Exorcising America’s Diplomatic Demons

Communism once was, as the Islamic terrorist threat is today, presented as an undifferentiated revolutionary impulse that could never be diplomatically accommodated without sacrificing our own security or, indeed, our freedom. The various communist nations and movements, like those currently led by a polyglot collection of Islamist radicals, were stripped of any complexity, be it in their national identity or ideology. 

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal
U.S. Navy / MC1 Molly Burgess

McChrystal’s Report Could Change Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

The situation has changed significantly since President Obama took office last winter and fixed his focus on Afghanistan, and these changes—including a disputed Afghan presidential election and deadly spikes in insurgent violence—may spell trouble for Obama’s initial strategy in that country, according to an assessment issued by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Updated

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


soldiers in Afghanistan
Flickr/Army.mil

Yet Another Reason Why War in Afghanistan Is a Bad Idea

Numerous historical examples have demonstrated that attempting to go to war in Afghanistan isn’t really the best plan, what with the tricky geography and all, yet here we are, eight years into just that very scenario. Along with the landscape-oriented issues, The Wall Street Journal has noted yet another reason that this war is dragging on without a clear end in sight.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


Mullen
defenselink.mil

Top Admiral Says U.S. May Need More Troops in Afghanistan

There are already about 62,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and more may be sent to combat the Taliban and contain insurgent violence, according to Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Tuesday that the next couple of weeks could be telling in terms of how many more troops the U.S. might deploy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan mountains
Flickr / Army.mil

Getting a Read on Afghanistan

Hey, so what exactly are we doing fighting in Afghanistan again? What’s the U.S. role, if any, in sorting out the recent, trouble-plagued Afghan presidential election? It’s not likely that this Los Angeles Times “primer” on Afghanistan is going to get to the more uncomfortable answers to these questions, but here’s what the paper has to say for starters.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney
AP / Ron Edmonds

Cheney Chimes In on Interrogation

Hey, hasn’t something—or someone—been missing from this latest round of debate and discussion about America’s use of troublesome interrogation tactics in recent years? Who could it be? Oh, of course. Enter Dick Cheney, stage right.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


U.S.S. Cole
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Navy

Report: CIA Wielded Gun, Power Drill in Interrogation

Another account describing the CIA’s alleged use of harsh interrogation techniques has come to light, according to a Newsweek magazine report about the intelligence agency’s treatment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole in Yemen.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


American troops in Afghanistan
army.mil

Lesson of Vietnam Lost in Afghanistan

Vietnam’s primary lesson remains intact: American power is not without limits, both in terms of defeating an enemy and in terms of its domestic support. The primary lesson of Vietnam seems to be that it is a lesson lost. And now we have some of the same intractable problems in Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza mosque battle
AP / STR

At Least 13 Dead in Gaza Mosque Gunfight

A deadly showdown that pitted an al-Qaida-associated organization against Hamas and police troops left at least 13 killed and 85 wounded in the Gaza Strip on Friday, marking the worst day of violence in the region since January’s Israeli offensive, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb
AP / Hadi Mizban

Another Deadly Day in Baghdad

On Tuesday, eight people were killed and many more wounded in a series of blasts in Baghdad’s Ameen neighborhood—just a day after 52 died and 250 were injured in explosions set off by al-Qaida, according to Iraqi officials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
White House / David Bohrer

CIA Program Too Good to Be True?

What is so controversial about killing al-Qaida bigwigs and avoiding civilian casualties that the CIA would have to conceal such things from Congress? The usual anonymous officials have emerged to explain the secret CIA program Dick Cheney and the agency are supposed to have hidden, and something smells awfully fishy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cheney and the Iraq-Torture Link

Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as “enhanced interrogation” or simply “the program.”

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling

President Barack Obama dramatically changed course twice on May 13 when he announced he would not release photos of American military personnel “abusing” detainees, reversing the Pentagon’s statement on April 26 that it would comply with a court order—with the president’s own prompt and emphatic support for release.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Alex Brandon

What Did Pelosi Know?

The official paper trail about torture has apparently caught up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has claimed that she wasn’t aware of the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on suspected al-Qaida operatives—but it now seems that she may well have been among the first to know.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistan missile
AP photo / B.K. Bangash

How Safe Are Pakistan’s Nukes?

President Barack Obama and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, will have a lot to talk about when Zardari visits the White House on Wednesday, what with al-Qaida and the Taliban stirring up trouble of late and sparking concerns over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at NATO

Obama Pitches Afghanistan Plan at NATO Huddle

President Obama’s NATO allies may have responded favorably to his call to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan, but anti-war demonstrators near the French-German border made their opinions known with protests following the photo ops in Strasbourg, France, on Saturday.

Posted on Apr 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
cbsnews.com

Obama Zeroes In on Afghanistan

On Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” President Obama did his best to convince CBS’ Bob Schieffer, and by extension the American people, that he knows what he’s doing in escalating U.S. military operations in Afghanistan—and that this won’t be his Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP photo / Virginia Mayo

Biden Talks Afghanistan in NATO Huddle

Vice President Joe Biden held forth at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, reinforcing President Barack Obama’s message from last weekend about a slight shift in foreign policy with regard to Afghanistan and urging NATO to be vigilant about the threat of attacks from extremist groups harbored by Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE


Holbrooke
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

The Wrong Man for the Job

The United States needs to contract the services of a U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan who is capable of visionary thinking, one who possesses the political courage to stand up to a president and a secretary of state and argue against bad policy. I do not believe Richard Holbrooke is such a man.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney

Cheney on Authorizing ‘Hard-Line’ Interrogation Methods

Vice President Dick Cheney took a moment to reflect on his eight eventful years in office during a sit-down with ABC’s Jonathan Karl that aired earlier this week. Here’s the part where he owns his role in approving the use of what ABC called “hard-line tactics” against accused terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


Crackdown in Pakistan

Pakistani officials have responded to the call, coming from India as well as the U.S., to take serious action against militant groups operating in their country. Pakistani forces launched widespread raids late Sunday and arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, believed to be a ringleader behind the recent Mumbai attacks.

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


Afghan prisoner
AP photo / Xinhua, Xie Xiudong

Who Are the Afghan Insurgents?

Who exactly are the Afghan insurgents? Every suicide attack and kidnapping is usually attributed to “the Taliban.” In reality, however, the insurgency is far from monolithic.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

Pakistan PM: U.S. Airstrikes ‘Intolerable’

American airstrikes in Pakistan aren’t sitting so well with the locals. Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned the U.S. ambassador for a refresher course in “sovereignty and territorial integrity” on Thursday. But according to The Washington Post, the two countries have a tacit agreement that the U.S. can keep bombing Pakistan if Pakistan can keep complaining about it.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

Secret Rumsfeld Order OK’d Raids in All Nations

Since 2004, U.S. operatives have been crossing the borders of friends and foes alike in a secret global hunt for al-Qaida. According to a bombshell report in The New York Times, a dozen or so raids have been conducted in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere since Donald Rumsfeld issued a secret order with the backing of the president.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


Mohamed Nechla
Wikimedia Commons

Six Held at Guantanamo After Plot Claim Is Dropped

In the dying days of the Bush administration, yet another presidential claim in the “war on terror” has been proved false by the withdrawal of the main charge against six Algerians held without trial for nearly seven years at Guantanamo prison camp.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi police in Ramadi
Flickr/Jim Gordon

Brokering a Fragile Peace in Iraq

A key overlooked fact about the much-ballyhooed “surge is working” argument in Iraq is that the U.S. military actually paid some former insurgents $10 a day to help American troops keep the peace in parts of the country. But what happens when that setup changes in volatile regions like Anbar?

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


binladen
chinadaily.net

Report: Bush Making Pre-Election Push to Nab Bin Laden

Last week’s air attack in Pakistan by American Special Ops forces represented the first of a three-part strategy by the Bush administration to ramp up the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other key al-Qaida players during the last weeks before the November elections, according to government sources contacted for this report by NPR.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

9/11: Is the U.S. Safer Seven Years Later?

On the seventh anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Link TV’s Mosaic Intelligence Report takes stock and asks some key questions: Has President Bush’s “war on terror” made any progress? Has al-Qaida diminished or grown in strength?

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Ayman al-Zawahri
msnbc.msn.com

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Blasts Iran

Just before the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida has released a lengthy videotape featuring the group’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, providing updates about how the holy war is faring around the globe and laying into Iran for “cooperating with the Americans” and with the American-approved governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Algeria attacks

The Algeria/al-Qaida Connection

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks into al-Qaida’s apparent interest in Algeria, which is evidenced by two deadly car bombings near the country’s capital of Algiers. Why would Osama bin Laden turn his focus to Algeria?

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


bin laden driver sketch

Driving Mr. bin Laden

The end of the Bush presidency steadily approaches, and yet Osama bin Laden is still at large. Whatever is an outgoing administration to do? Well, how about a little legal sideshow starring bin Laden’s former chauffeur?

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


Gilani and Bush
AP photo / Evan Vucci

Bush Hosts Pakistani PM Right After U.S. Attack

President Bush had words of praise for Pakistan during his first meet-and-greet with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at the White House on Monday, a meeting in which the subject of the U.S. missile attack on the Pakistani-Afghan border mere hours before was not brought up by either party.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama on Foreign Policy and the ‘Tyranny of Oil’

Sen. Barack Obama was careful to praise U.S. troops in Iraq during Tuesday’s speech outlining his foreign policy strategies, while declaring that Iraq has been a costly distraction for America. “This war distracts us from every threat that we face and so many opportunities we could seize,” he said, before laying out his five goals “essential to making America safer.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Al Behrman

Obama: ‘The Central Front in the War on Terror Is Not Iraq’

Sen. Barack Obama made a key speech on Tuesday in Washington, in which he asserted his position on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, offered a 16-month troop withdrawal timetable and outlined his plans for combating terrorism if he is elected president in November.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo /J im Cole

Playing Down the Middle

Politics is a cruel and disappointing business. This year, Democratic liberals gambled on a young man who offered hope and change. But after those wondrous primary days, they are furious over Sen. Barack Obama’s understandable effort to reach out to an electorate that is, and long has been, planted firmly in the middle of the road.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


Scheer and Goodman

Amy Goodman Talks to Robert Scheer About ‘The Pornography of Power’

“Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman sat down with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer on Friday to discuss his new book, “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.” Watch as Scheer explains the metaphor behind the title, how the U.S. government spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined, and how some key players in Washington took 9/11 as a “license to steal.”

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


Guantanamo detainees
Shane T. McCoy / U.S. Navy

The Tortured Law on Torture

Ah, yes, those torture confessions have proved so useful. That, at least, was the claim of our president in justifying one of the most egregious assaults ever on this nation’s commitment to the rule of law. But now comes news that charges have been dropped against the so-called Sept. 11 attacks’ 20th hijacker, one of dozens so identified, because the “evidence” he supplied under torture and later recanted is not credible enough to go to trial.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Top Al-Qaida Operative Killed in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out an overnight airstrike in Somalia, targeting the country’s primary al-Qaida cell—and by Thursday morning the man considered the group’s leader, Aden Hashi Ayro, was confirmed dead, along with 10 others.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

The Man Who Would Be Bush

Are Americans unusually stupid or is it something our president put in the water? As millions surrender their homes and sacrifice other standards of our nation’s economic stability and reputation to the caprice of the Bush-Cheney imperium, a majority of voters tell pollsters that they might vote for a candidate who promises more of the same.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and financial aides
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush’s Legacy of Failure

That idiotic “what, me worry?” look just never leaves the man’s visage. Once again there was our president, presiding over disasters in part of his making and totally on his watch, grinning with an aplomb that suggested a serious disconnect between his worldview and existing reality. 

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


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