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Whether he's dead or alive Baitullah Mehsud's death is unlikely to change the landsacape in Pakistan. There are those who think that his death will close the door on a violent chapter in Pakistan and lead to peace, but experts remind us that similar claims were made about the killing of Nek Mohammad, another Waziristan-based pro-Taliban Pashtun commander who led an insurgency against security forces in the tribal belt. Nek was killed in June 2004 in a US air strike, but fundamental change did not follow.

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Monday - 08/10/2009, 06:58pm EDT

Pakistani Military Requests Expedited

During a week of intense talks here in Washington about security and cooperation in Pakistan, officials from that country have come away with at least one positive thing. The U.S. has agreed to expedite request for military equipment. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his own words they agreed to fast-track the requests, that have been pending for months and years, on the transfer of military equipment to Pakistan. Experts say the recent success at capturing a killing key Taliban and Al Qaida operatives help.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Pakistan , Al Qaida

Thursday - 03/25/2010, 10:59am EDT

Misson Success Increases

The Pentagon is investigating allegations that official money was used to create an under-the-table group of spys to hunt down terrorists in Afghanistan. In the meantime the list of top al Qaida and Taliban operatives killed or captured continues to grow. Predator drones have been the principle weapon, but human intelligence has been a key as well. Previously, many drone strikes have missed the mark, because of weak or faulty intelligence, the success is appearing to improve.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon and Beyond , Pentagon , Al Qaida , Afghanistan

Wednesday - 03/17/2010, 08:38pm EDT

Bin Laden's Birthday was no Celebration

Yesterday was Osama Bin Laden's 53rd birthday. Where was he? Few people know. Where ever he was, there was probably no celebration. U.S intelligence and military forces have tightened the noose around his organization significantly since Taliban number two Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested several weeks ago. Baradar, allegedly came carrying phone numbers, email addresses, plots and plans and being a fairly young, charismatic man who was rumored to be on the outs with the Taliban leadership, perhaps open to make a deal and give up information about Al Qaida.

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Thursday - 03/11/2010, 10:41am EST

Marjah Mission is Wrapping Up

The U.S. offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan appears to have been a success, so far, says Rear Admiral Greg Smith. "There are probably several more weeks of what we call clearing operations. Meanwhile in other parts of Marjah, bazaars are opening, life is beginning to return to pre-operational sort of levels of activity." Smith says this campaign was not designed to go after the Taliban. "The Marjah operation was not about trying to go in and kill the Taliban. It was really trying to separate the Taliban from the people."

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Tuesday - 03/09/2010, 06:46pm EST

Counter-Insurgency to be key part of Afghan Strategy

The counter-insurgency strategy the President has ordered in Afghanistan is designed to protect major Afghan population centers along with agricultural areas and transportation routes. By designed the plan, if it works according to military analysts, will make Afghans more comfortable with the Karzai government and with their lives and give them desperately needed services and improve their quality of life. At the end of the day, experts say it will give Afghans strength and reason to tell the Taliban no when they come to recruit.

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Wednesday - 12/02/2009, 10:13am EST

Blackwater Blamed

A senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan is blaming the Xe security company, formerly known as Blackwater, for being behind a string of deadly attacks in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. In an audio message from Mustafa Abu Yazid said Muslims could not have been behind the attacks, because they are fighting to protect the honor and lives of other Muslims. Peshawar has been under heavy attack in recent weeks. Pakistani and U.S. intelligence officials says the Taliban are behind the attacks.

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Monday - 11/16/2009, 03:09pm EST

Another Drone in Pakistan

Reuters is reporting a U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into North Waziristan a major al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary in northwest Pakistan, killing two people on Wednesday. Pakistani intelligence officials say the United States has launched 44 such strikes on suspected militants in Pakistan this year compared with 32 last year. Pakistani forces launched an offensive against militants in the neighboring South Waziristan region on the Afghan border in mid-October.

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Thursday - 11/05/2009, 10:01am EST

Weapons for Pakistan

The Pentagon has been seeking with little success permission from Congress to transfer used military hardware from Iraq to the Pakistani army but American lawmakers have so far balked at the request, citing concerns that Islamabad could use the equipment against India. Pakistan is mobilizing forces now for a long awaited ground offensive against Taliban militants in their South Waziristan stronghold near the Afghan border.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Pakistan , India , Afghan

Wednesday - 10/07/2009, 02:34pm EDT

Is Iran Meddling

Is Iran providing weapons to the Taliban? The U.S. military thinks so. The Pentagon has recovered evidence in western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran, of weapons and explosives bearing markings indicating they were made in Iran. These are the same types of weapons that flowed into Iraq during the height of the war. Experts think the weapons actually come from Iran's Revolutionary Guards and their Quds force. The question under examination now is the extent to which the Iranian government is involved.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Iran , military , Afghanistan

Monday - 09/21/2009, 08:22pm EDT
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