Category: AfPak region

Petraeus replaces ‘loose canon’McChrystal as Afghan commander

President Obama has named Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top US military commander in Afghanistan. The change, though a stunning development, is unlikely to result in any change in the strategy that U.S. and its…

Afghan interior minister, intelligence chief resign

Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh resigned on Sunday, Presidential Palace said on Sunday, May 6. President Karzai accepted the two resignations, an official communique stated. The resignation came in the wake of Taliban attack…

Afghanistan: Flawed Peace Strategy*

Kabul is hosting a three –day Peace Jirga (June 2-4) of about 1500 delegates from all over the country handpicked by the Karzai government to pump prime its plans for a much –desired Afghan reconciliation. It coincided with reports that…

UN probe indicts Pak Army, ISI

The UN report on the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, submitted early April, has clearly accused ISI of spawning and supporting terrorist groups in the region. The report said terrorist organisations like the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) targeted…

US, EU differ over Pak role in Afghanistan but agree on LeT threat

The United States and its European allies have developed differences over Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan particularly in the wake of arrest of Mullah Baradar and some other Taliban leaders in Karachi but there is agreement that the Lashkar-e-Taiba is emerging…

Wave of terror hits Lahore

By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty At least 57 persons, including eight Security Force (SF) personnel, were killed and more than 90 were injured as twin suicide blasts, moments apart from each other, ripped through the heart and cultural city of Pakistan,…

Pakistan is biggest worry: Biden

Pakistan is biggest worry, said US Vice-President Joe Biden and added, ‘ the security situation in Pakistan worries me the most, more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear programme. “Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, what worries you the…

Jihadist CBRN Threat: by Scott Stewart

Global Security and Intelligence Report from Stratfor In an interview aired Feb. 7 on CNN, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she considers weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the hands of an international terrorist group to be the…