In other news, Pakistani forces pummeled key Taliban bases near the Afghanistan border, and a double suicide bombing in Iraq killed at least 21 people. Continue reading
Fierce fighting continues in Afghanistan in the final week leading up to the presidential election. Jeffrey Brown speaks with NPR’s Renee Montagne.
The top U.S. and NATO commander says the Taliban have advanced out of strongholds in Afghanistan’s south and east, gaining the upper hand as they moved into the north and west, according to a Wall Street Journal interview published Monday. Continue reading
Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban movement in Pakistan, was reportedly killed this week by a CIA drone strike. ITN correspondent Alex Thomson reports. Continue reading
The reported death of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud may present a major setback for militants seeking to destabilize Pakistan. Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, and journalist Steve Coll assess the development. Continue reading
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband tells Gwen Ifill that the Afghan war requires more of a political solution to win, in addition to a military one. Continue reading
As coalition forces attempt to wrest control of southern Afghanistan from Taliban insurgents, they are experiencing their highest casualties in eight years of war. Analysts discuss the rise in violence with Gwen Ifill. Continue reading