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War in Afghanistan

Drone attacks deaden diplomatic track in Pakistan

Perspectives

Drone attacks deaden diplomatic track in Pakistan

Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan argues that U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan will not succeed in helping the Pakistani government take on the Taliban. Hassan outlines the different Taliban groups on either side of the border and explains the Pakistani reluctance to take on the Afghan Taliban.

Posted: December 21, 2009 13:49   Comments: 11
Pakistan faces tough decisions over militant crackdown

How You See It

Pakistan faces tough decisions over militant crackdown

President Obama recently wrote a letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari calling for a quick expansion of military operations against insurgents in Pakistan's tribal region. Zardari responded by saying that his government is determined to take action -- according to Pakistani priorities. Will Pakistan actually crack down on militants operating along the Afghan border?

Posted: December 16, 2009 13:20   Comments: 29
Kashmiri dispute looms large in politics of South Asia

S. Azmat Hassan (blog)

Kashmiri dispute looms large in politics of South Asia

The dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has been ongoing since the 1940's and impacts security throughout the region. Worldfocus contributing blogger S.Azmat Hassan argues that settling the conflict there should be as urgent a foreign policy goal for the United States as working towards peace in the Middle East.

Posted: December 14, 2009 13:12   Comments: 7
Five U.S. Muslims held by Pakistan for alleged militant links

Interview

Five U.S. Muslims held by Pakistan for alleged militant links

For much of this week, the mysterious story of five young Muslim Americans has been unfolding in Pakistan and in the U.S. The suspects, who lived in the Washington, D.C. area and allegedly wanted to fight against America in Afghanistan, were detained by Pakistani authorities. To learn more, Edie Magnus interviews Irshad Manji, author of "The Trouble with Islam Today."

Posted: December 11, 2009 09:32   Comments: 31
Presiding over age of war, Obama receives top peace prize

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Presiding over age of war, Obama receives top peace prize

As President Obama prepares to send 30,000 more Americans to war in Afghanistan, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway. Obama said, "The belief in peace is desirable rarely enough to achieve it" and called the escalating conflict in Afghanistan necessary. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports on how Afghans are reacting.

Posted: December 10, 2009 13:07   Comments: 118
Afghanistan troop surge enlarges U.S. military footprint

Perspectives

Afghanistan troop surge enlarges U.S. military footprint

After an unusually lengthy and public deliberative process, President Obama has decided to induct a further 30,000 troops in war-torn Afghanistan. He further stated that the U.S. would start withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. But he left open the timeline for total withdrawal, writes contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan.

Posted: December 7, 2009 16:07   Comments: 3
Week in Review: U.S. troop surge, Afghanistan exit strategy

Week in Review

Week in Review: U.S. troop surge, Afghanistan exit strategy

Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, and Garrick Utley, president of the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the impending U.S. troop surge and proposed exit strategy in Afghanistan.

Posted: December 4, 2009 15:29   Comments: 10
The view from Afghanistan: corruption, illiteracy and loss

Blogwatch

The view from Afghanistan: corruption, illiteracy and loss

In the wake of President Obama's speech on Afghanistan, we survey different perspectives on life in Afghanistan. A Worldfocus contributing blogger reports on corruption; an embedded Marine describes the tremendous loss of one Afghan family; and True/Slant contributor P.J. Tobia weighs in on the state of Afghan forces.

Posted: December 3, 2009 15:13   Comments: 6
Nearly 50% more US troops to escalate Afghanistan war

Interview

Nearly 50% more US troops to escalate Afghanistan war

With his long-awaited announcement on Afghanistan finally out of the way, President Obama now faces the next hurdle -- convincing Democrats in Congress and skeptical allies abroad about the wisdom of his plan. Many troops are hopeful that the plan will help wind down the war. David Brancaccio speaks with Masood Aziz about the the Obama plan.

Posted: December 2, 2009 16:00   Comments: 70
Afghanistan troop surge could cause casualty increase

Interview

Afghanistan troop surge could cause casualty increase

President Barack Obama has decided to send at least 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. He also announced an exit strategy to bring them home by the middle of 2011. Anthony Cordesman discusses President Obama's decision and what a shift in warfare tactics will look like. And James Bays reports for Al Jazeera English.

Posted: December 1, 2009 18:46   Comments: 5
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