The story today is not about the Taliban offering to open up peace talks with the US-led Afghan coalition by opening an office in Qatar. Talks in which neither Pakistan, nor – crucially – the minimally democratic government of Afghanistan have a seat at the table. That’s basically about a prisoner exchange, a handful [...]
President Obama is famously a basketball fan, preferring to watch games rather than TV talking heads during his weekend downtime. Now the country he leads is contemplating the notion of putting up a fadeaway jumper on its way to the Afghan exit:
The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban [...]
National security policy on detainees in Washington seems finally to have gelled:
This is the upshot of the detention language in the defense policy bill that Mr. Obama signed this month and has received too little media attention. Congress has confirmed the power claimed by both the Bush and Obama Administrations to detain and [...]
As if live wasn’t hard enough on the Hindu Kush, innocent villagers are being accused as spies and murdered by a Pakistani death squad known as the Khorasan Mujahedin:
Pulling up in caravans of Toyota Corolla hatchbacks, dozens of them seal off mud-hut villages near the border with Afghanistan, then scour markets and homes [...]
Interesting article up in the WaPo on the Obama administration’s development and use of a robust UAV capability to surveil, track and kill suspected terrorists overseas:
In the space of three years, the administration has built an extensive apparatus for using drones to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorists and stealth surveillance of [...]
Yesterday I theorized that the airstrike on a Pakistani border station that killed 26 could have had been the result of three possible circumstances; 1) Hanlon’s Razor, 2) front-line forces so accustomed to think of the Pakistanis as their enemy that due diligence is neglected, or 3) the path of least strategic resistance to [...]
It’s living up to its reputation, apparently:
The U.S. is poised to concede for the first time that it bears significant responsibility for last month’s American airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops, U.S. officials said, an admission that is expected to embarrass the American military but points to a way out of the deepening [...]
Meet Sgt. Collin Raaz, Marine scout sniper, combat leader, double amputee.
One step either way. A matter of inches.
Then a long road ahead.
Part 2 of eight here.
Ali Musa Daqduq is a Lebanese national and Hezbollah agent responsible for the 2007 kidnapping and murder of five American servicemen in Iraq. He’s been a prisoner there since early 2008, held in US custody. The US government turned custody of Daqduq over to the Iraqis, who declined to consent to his transfer out [...]
That’s the optimistic take from the WSJ on the latest deadly clash on Pakistan’s border:
The investigation may clear up what happened but it won’t address the root of the problem. Pakistan continues to play both sides in this conflict. The military accepts billions of dollars in U.S. aid and fights some terror groups.Since [...]