WASHINGTON: US military commanders in Afghanistan told President Barack Obama’s chief envoy to the region hat they did not have enough troops to do their job.
The figures were released as the British Ambassador to Kabul admitted that troops could be engaged in combat in Afghanistan for five more years.
Pakistani militants have formed two groups to free their comrades from various prisons in the country, a media report said.
The two groups named Lashkar Omar and Lashkar Abu Jandal will devise strategies to free their associates who were captured during the military operation in northwest Pakistan, the Online news agency reported Friday. There are also suicide bombers in the groups. Continue reading
A sobering and highly convincing explanation (via Fallows) of why Obama is betting big on a hopeless cause. Not as hopeless as Iraq, I’d say, which is slowly unraveling on schedule, even with 130,000 US troops still sitting there. But pretty hopeless nonetheless. Continue reading
It has thirteen chapters, 67 articles and it lays out what one of most secretive organisations in the world today, can and cannot do.
It appears to be an attempt to consolidate a disparate movement. Continue reading
The Afghan government has agreed a truce with Taliban insurgents in the north-western province of Badghis ahead of elections next month, officials say.
The Taliban have pledged not to attack voting centres and to hand key areas to government forces, officials say. There has been no word from the militants. Continue reading