08/25/2010 04:59 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

U.S. General: 2011 Afghanistan Deadline 'Giving Our Enemy Sustenance'

Today's AfPak round-up:

Marine Commandant: 2011 deadline "giving our enemy sustenance." Gen. James T. Conway believes Taliban commanders are convincing insurgents exhausted by U.S. forces' summer troop surge to keep fighting by telling them that President Obama's July 2011 deadline will mark the end of NATO's war effort in Afghanistan, rather than the beginning of a lengthy U.S. withdrawal. Conway believes Taliban morale will suffer a major blow once the July 2011 deadline passes and insurgents realize NATO isn't leaving. [WashPost]

U.S. aid has little impact in Pakistan. Washington has given Pakistan $18 billion in military and civilian aid since 2001, yet according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, half of Pakistanis believe the U.S. gives Pakistan little to no development aid. Observers say poor coordination between the U.S. and Pakistan governments and a fear of building the kind of visible, signature projects that made Washington popular in Pakistan in the early 1970s—lest these projects be targeted by terrorists—mean that U.S. aid tends to have little tangible impact on Pakistanis' lives. [WashPost]

Poison gas attack targets schoolgirls, teachers. The 59 students and 14 teachers affected by the attack were taken to hospital and seem to be recovering. Afghan officials say this is the ninth poison attack against schoolgirls, and a report last year by the humanitarian group CARE documented 670 education-related attacks in 2008, including murder and arson. [CNN]

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