Contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan is a career diplomat and former ambassador of Pakistan, where his postings have included Ambassador of Pakistan to Malaysia, Syria and Morocco. He writes for Worldfocus about the need for a new American strategy in Afghanistan.
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U.S. and British forces invaded Afghanistan eight years ago. But al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden remains elusive. Hassan Abbas of the Asia Society discusses links between Taliban factions and endorses the U.S. aid package for Pakistan.
Carla Robbins of The New York Times and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Obama's reversal on a missile defense plan for Europe, the battle against Islamic militants and this week's United Nations report on the war in Gaza.
Police arrested four Australian citizens of Somali and Lebanese descent in connection with a plot to blow up a large army base outside Sydney. In Somalia, pirates have released a German container ship and its crew. Sarjoh Bah of New York University discusses the conditions in Somalia that have allowed pirates and terrorists to thrive.
In a sign that efforts to root out militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan may be making headway, American officials say members of al-Qaeda are beginning to flee the region, heading for places like Somalia and Yemen. David Sanger of the New York Times discusses how these al-Qaeda members might be caught.
After days of fighting between Pakistani troops and Taliban militants in the Buner region, fighting spilled over into the neighboring Swat Valley, as the Taliban declared an end to a ceasefire. Anthony Cordesman, a former Defense Department official, discusses the Pakistani government's efforts and how the Taliban is likely to respond to the new offensive.
Arif Rafiq of World Politics Review discusses U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke and Admiral Mike Mullen's trip to Pakistan and what role Pakistan can play in stabilizing Afghanistan as the country deals with its own security issues.
Mark Mazzetti, author of the New York Times article that connects the Pakistani military to Afghani militants including al-Qaeda, discusses Taliban's widening campaign.
A radical Islamic militant group from the southern Philippines, Abu Sayyaf, has threatened to behead a Red Cross hostage unless the military withdraws from the area.