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After Friday’s U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the militant network was left without a leader, but by Sunday, the position was filled for the time being.

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Sometimes the best way to respond to those who say criticism of President Obama amounts to support for his Republican opponents -- and should thus be avoided -- is to embrace their premise and allow satire to lead audiences to their contradictory conclusions, as Charles Davis does in the “Game of Drones” issue of The New Inquiry.

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Members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and militant groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan met up twice late last year in an effort to combine forces against America's diminished presence in Pakistan -- one common target on which they might agree to focus.

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Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaida's second in command and trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Waziristan, Pakistan's tribal region, a U.S. government official announced Saturday. The State Department had placed a $1 million reward on his head. (more)

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At least 20 people were killed in Pakistan on Friday in two missile attacks that are being attributed to unmanned U.S. drones near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was the first such strike since Barack Obama took office as president.

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In an attempt to target suspected militants with ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban, the Pakistani army has bombarded a section of its shared border with Afghanistan for four days, causing chaos in the town of Mir Ali in north Waziristan, where some 45 troops and 150 rebels have reportedly been killed.

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The Washington Post has it on good authority that Pakistan is losing its war against Taliban and al-Qaida forces operating within its borders, due in no small part to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's tenuous hold on power.

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