The capital of Afghanistan has been struck by a series of highly coordinated terrorist attacks, including explosions next to Kabul's heavily secured ministry buildings. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the largest Kabul attack since 2001 and announced that their goal was an assault on the presidential palace. Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports on the fragile security situation.
War in Afghanistan
In 2009, the U.S. launched at least 50 missile strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives in northwest Pakistan. While drone attacks are more frequent than ever before, there is wide disagreement about civilian deaths. View our interactive map of Pakistan drone attack locations since 2004.
In Afghanistan, 16 militants were killed in two separate attacks by unmanned drones. While drones have been used widely across the border in Pakistan, they have been mainly for surveillance purposes in Afghanistan. Analysts suggest that a tactical change has occurred. Should the U.S. broaden its use of unmanned drones against militants, even if innocent civilians die?
Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the reasons why we are seeing more casualties in Afghanistan and what to expect going forward.
Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how mankind has engaged in violent extremism since Biblical times. Terrorism is propaganda by deed, since terrorism is theater. So, Hassan argues, al-Qaeda succeeds every time it plants fear and uncertainty in our hearts and minds.
One week after the killing of 7 CIA officers in Afghanistan, an American military official has condemned U.S. intelligence failures. A new report by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, Major-General Michael Flynn, says that there is too much emphasis on collecting info about capturing insurgents. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jeff Stein.
Umar Abdulmutallab’s audacious attempt on Christmas Day -- to ignite explosives that he had smuggled on board a Northwest Airlines flight approaching Detroit from Holland -- has been a top story for the past few days. Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how the U.S. should rely more on soft power to prevent violent Islamic extremism.
The Canadian contribution to Afghanistan has generally received little attention, even though there are 2,500 Canadian troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the dangerous southern areas. The latest casualties are likely to increase the debate in Canada over their commitment to the war. In a Worldfocus Signature story, Martin Himel takes a look at Canada's war role.
Yesterday, a suicide bombing at a U.S. base in Afghanistan killed eight Americans, seven of whom were CIA employees. Today, a spokesperson for the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a Taliban bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform blew himself up. Jeff Stein, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, joins Martin Savidge for more information.
Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about the U.S. war in Pashtunistan, a misunderstood place not found on any world map. The knee-jerk American reaction after September 11th was to strike at the Taliban-ruled nation that harbored a huge al-Qaeda contingent: Afghanistan. But the U.S. has widened its campaign to the region of Pashtunistan.