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.
War in Afghanistan
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.