The battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents in both Afghanistan and Pakistan appears to be an expanding war, one also being conducted in secret by American military advisers and technical specialists inside Pakistan. More than 70 American Special Forces troops are training Pakistani soldiers, part of what The New York Times calls a “secret task force, overseen by the United states Central Command and Special Operations Command.”
In recent days, the U.S. has stepped up air strikes launched from unmanned drone aircraft.
The news of increased U.S. involvement comes as some of Pakistan’s senior officials are headed to Washington.
Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar in residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and a former U.S. State Department intelligence analyst specializing on Pakistan and Afghanistan, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the current situation in Pakistan, the stepped-up drone attacks and the scheduled meeting in Washington with Pakistani and Afghani civilian and military leaders.