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From a friend in Pakistan

I received this e-mail this morning from a very close friend who lives in a remote valley high in the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan. We visited his valley in the summer of 2005. (You can see photos of what it looked like then, here.) Dear Cam and Lauren, There is a big flooding in Kalasha […]


Pakistan under water: The view from 438 miles above Earth

NASA has released images of one especially hard-hit region of Pakistan from before and after the monsoons, from 438 miles above the Earth.

As deluge subsides, world scrambles to aid Pakistan

Roads and highways have been destroyed. Villages have been washed away. And a fifth of the country is under water. The floods in Pakistan have killed at least 1,600 people, and left millions homeless.


  Need to Know, August 6, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Life in a war zone. An embattled outpost where the U.S. military trains Afghan soldiers. Steve Mumford’s paintings of the war in Iraq. And a special pledge week edition of Next Week’s News.

Readers: Help us sift through the WikiLeaks files on Afghanistan

Need to Know is inviting readers to help us in our investigation of the WikiLeaks documents and sort through the database for new details that we or other news organizations may have missed.


Secret reports posted by WikiLeaks paint grim portrait of Afghan war

Confidential military records obtained by the group WikiLeaks paint a more complex and, in many cases, bleaker portrait of the war in Afghanistan than U.S. officials have publicly maintained.


Kidnapped by the Taliban

An interview with Jere Van Dyk, whose new book chronicles 45 days in captivity.

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