In a blizzard of personal meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in telephone conversations from Washington, U.S.
America’s top diplomat for Afghanistan and Pakistan says the deadly Taliban insurgency in those countries relies heavily on funding from the oil-rich Persian Gulf. Such money even outpaces the cash gathered from Afghanistan’s multibillion-dollar exports of opium and heroin, said Richard Holbrooke, the United States’ special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, in an interview Tuesday with CNN.
Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardari, arrives at the White House on Wednesday as one of his country’s walking wounded. Amid rising violence and turmoil, his popularity among his own people has hit rock bottom; political allies and rivals alike smell blood in the water; the country’s military barely pretends to follow his instructions; the Taliban controls large swaths of his country’s territory; and militant groups want his head literally. So, can Pakistan’s President expect some TLC in Washington
Pakistan is optimistic about the Obama administration’s commitment to its region and will work with the United States on trying to root out extremism within its borders, Pakistan’s foreign minister said. Following a meeting with U.S.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that his country would join the strategic review of the U.S.-led war on terrorism. Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, Karzai said he is “very, very thankful” that President Barack Obama accepted his proposal to join the review
When U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks, then-President Bush said the goal in Afghanistan was "to build a flourishing democracy as an alternative to a hateful ideology." Seven years, billions of dollars and hundreds of U.S. casualties later, the goals are more pragmatic and modest.