Today President Obama will host President Karzai of Afghanistan and President Zardari of Pakistan at the White House. The three leaders will focus on more effective cooperation in the fight against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and their allies.
How this fight proceeds is crucial to US counterterrorism efforts at home and abroad. Consider, for example, this morning’s story from Reuters, printed in one of Pakistan’s most respected newspapers, “Foreign militants yearn for Pakistan’s training camps.”
There will be extensive media coverage. But given this blog’s ongoing attention to the Hindu Kush, following are a collection of links for your further background. As Harry Truman cautioned, “You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.”
Pakistan’s Nukes in Safe Hands: Zardari (Times of India)
Afghan Pakistan Summit set for US (Al Jazeera)
Pakistan attacks Taliban bases in the Swat Valley (The Guardian)
Where the Taliban Roam (The Independent)
The War for Pakistan (Wall Street Journal)
Obama’s War: A new approach to Karzai (Washington Post)
Obama Juggles Afghan and Pakistani Allies (The Los Angeles Times)
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