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Obama, Bloomberg Talk About Times Square Car Bomb

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

VENICE, La. — President Barack Obama is commending law enforcement for responding quickly to a car bomb in Times Square and says the U.S. will d...

Environmental Cost of the Taliban Insurgency

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Saad Khan

While Afghanistan has seen an environmental catastrophe ever since the October 2001 invasion, Pakistani tribal areas have become a hell zone for the flora and fauna only just recently.

Was Faisal Suffering From the Pashtun Malaise?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Being an ethnic Pashtun played a far larger role than jihad -- it is what made Shahzad increasingly delusional and angry at the US campaign in Afghanistan and the drone attacks in Pakistan.

Pakistan Arrests Man Calling Himself "Accomplice" To Faisal Shahzad, Times Square Terror Suspect

Washington Post | Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the man accused o...

Feeling Safer?

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

The Case of the Bungling Bomber, who tried to blow up Times Square with over-the-counter firecrackers and backyard-barbecue propane tanks, launched a ...

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: New Command Structure In Helmand | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Talibanopalooza in Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Many factions of the Taliban now harbor strong anti-Pakistan stance and then there are others that yearn for an Islamic revolution in Pakistan.

Pakistan: Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Near Peshawar Press Club

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bombing that killed three people and wounded 17 outside a press club in the northwestern city of Peshawar has und...

Pakistan's Half-hearted Military Offensives Aren't Enough

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

The Pakistani military has launched an offensive against the Taliban in the South Waziristan region, but it isn't working. To effectively fend off the militants, a much stronger effort is needed.

Shireen Mazari: The Ann Coulter Of Pakistan

The New Republic | Nicholas Schmidle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In late August, a couple of weeks after a U.S. drone strike incinerated Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, the country's most popular ...

Waliur Rehman, Pakistani Taliban Leader, Calls Obama "Our Foremost Enemy"

The Huffington Post | Susan Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Waliur Rehman, one of Pakistan's Taliban leaders, has said Obama is the group's "foremost enemy", McClatchy reports. Rehman told AP that the Pakistan...

Baitullah Mehsud Strike Approved By Obama

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama himself gave U.S. security operatives the green light to strike Baitullah Mehsud, according to CNN. The leader of Pakistan's Taliban...

Hakimullah Mehsud: Baitullah Mehsud Is Alive

Bashir Ahmad Gwakh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bashir Ahmad Gwakh

A fellow commander of the Pakistani Taliban leader rejected government claims of the death of Baitullah Mehsud in a U.S. drone strike.

Armageddon at the Top of the World: Not!

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Juan Cole

Churchill said that in the Pashtun of Pakistan, "the world is presented with that grim spectacle, 'the strength of civilization without its mercy.'" The image survived his era and made it into our headlines.

Pakistanis Debate Their Future On Facebook

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sanjeev Bery

As the Pakistani military rains fire down upon villagers and Taliban alike, Pakistanis and members of the diaspora are engaged in numerous online debates about the future of their country.

Time to Call Off the Predators?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

No single issue that has fueled the flames of anti-Americanism in Pakistan more than the bombings of their country by our Predator drones.

Obama's Crisis Management: Of Flu and AfPak

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

After plenty of preliminary work by his top aides, and behind-the-scenes preparation by himself Obama is about to bring the question of Afghanistan and Pakistan back to center stage.

Why Pakistan's Decline Is Almost Inevitable

Ian Welsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ian Welsh

A lot of analysts believe that Pakistan can never "fall," because the Pakistani army is very powerful. I am far less sanguine.

Buner Pakistan: Taliban Militants Move To Expand Control Outside Swat Valley

AP | ZARAR KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Taliban militants have extended their grip in northwestern Pakistan, pushing out from a valley where the government has agreed to im...

Pakistan: Suspected US Missiles Kill 12 Militants

AP | KATHY GANNON and SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — The son of a poor potato farmer who once worked as a fitness instructor has grown into one of the most powerful militant leaders alo...

Taliban Leader: We're Planning Attack On D.C. "Soon"

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's Taliban chief claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly assault on a police academy, saying he wanted to retaliate for ...