Attack on Lankan cricketers funded by elements in Sri Lanka: Pakistan PM

Lahore Liberty Attack: File Photo

Lahore Liberty Attack: File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore was funded by elements from the island nation, said Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, based on information given to him by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Afghanistan War is in serious state: NATO

Two more British soldiers were killed yesterday and the commander of the Nato forces in Afghanistan warned President Obama that the eight-year war was in a “serious” state and that big changes were needed if victory was to be achieved.
General Stanley McChrystal is understood to have recommended in a strategic review that counter-insurgency efforts be focused on protecting civilians rather than fighting militants.
August was one of Nato’s bloodiest months in Afghanistan, with 74 soldiers killed. More than 300 have died so far this year, making 2009 the worst year for Western forces since the Taleban were overthrown.
The latest British casualties — killed by a bomb while on foot patrol in Helmand — were from 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. They bring to 19 the number of British troops killed in August.
Gordon Brown had announced over the weekend that he would be sending another 200 roadside-bomb specialists to Afghanistan which may minimize British casualties.
David Kilcullen, one of the architects of Nato’s anti-insurgency campaign, said that the failure of the Afghan Government to provide basic services in many areas was allowing the Taleban to establish its own courts, hospitals and security. “A government that is losing to a counter-insurgency isn’t being outfought, it is being outgoverned,” he said.
Deadliest August ends for NATO

Deadliest August ends for NATO

Two more British soldiers were killed yesterday and the commander of the Nato forces in Afghanistan warned President Obama that the eight-year war was in a “serious” state and that big changes were needed if victory was to be achieved.

August was one of Nato’s bloodiest months in Afghanistan, with 74 soldiers killed. More than 300 have died so far this year, making 2009 the worst year for Western forces since the Taleban were overthrown.

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India secretly behind Lanka’s victory over LTTE: Book

India helped Lanka secretly

India helped Lanka secretly

NEW DELHI: Even as it publicly refused to give Sri Lanka any offensive weapons for the war against LTTE, India had a “hidden hand” in the success of the island nation’s campaign over the terrorist outfit, says a new book.

NEW DELHI: Even as it publicly refused to give Sri Lanka any offensive weapons for the war against LTTE, India had a “hidden hand” in the success of the island nation’s campaign over the terrorist outfit, says a new book.

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800 terror cells active in India

IndianTerroristsNEW DELHI: In a shocking disclosure, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan has said that there are as many as 800 terrorist cells operating in

the country with “external support”. These terror modules, he said, had been uncovered by intelligence agencies. Without naming any country, Narayanan said that there was inspiration as well as support from abroad for terrorist activities being carried out in India. Continue reading