White House officials are considering whether to withdraw all 30,000 U.S. surge troops from Afghanistan by late 2012.
A number of options are currently being discussed for the best to method to conduct the U.S. troop drawdown, which is scheduled to commence in July.
President Barack Obama will hold pivotal meetings Wednesday with Afghan President Karzai to discuss strategy. He is also preparing to address U.S. voters on his Afghan strategy this month. more >>
One of the most wanted terrorist militants in the world has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region late Friday night, June 3, 2011.
Ilyas Kashmiri, the leader of terrorist group “Harkatul Jihad al-Islami” was among nine killed during the U.S. airstrike. His death has been confirmed Saturday by the militant group itself.
Abu Hanzala, a spokesman for the terror group, confirmed the death of Kashmiri, who is believed to have been responsible for the attack on a naval air station in Karachi last month, which killed 10 Pakistan navy personnel. more >>
British spy agents from MI6 have reportedly hacked into a terrorist magazine and replaced instructions telling potential Islamic extremists how to make bombs with recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America”.
A report by the Associated Press explains how the British hackers “managed to hack into the extremist Inspire magazine, replacing its bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes”.
It has been reported by The Daily Telegraph that the recipe used was actually “The Best Cupcakes in America” originally published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show. more >>
An al-Qaida “Pakistan-based attack planner” has been arrested in Afghanistan according to media reports June 2, 2011.
The man is being described as a former associate of Osama bin Laden, and was suspected to have been with the al-Qaida leader in 2001, although the International Security Assistance Force is declining to publicly identify him.
Two of the attack planner’s “associates” were also arrested in the raid that took place on Wednesday in the province of Balkh, according to ISAF. more >>
The U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden could be considered an “act of war,” said former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, during an interview aired Thursday night.
“Certainly no country has a right to intrude into any other country,” Musharraf, who was pressured to resign in 2008, told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “If technically or legally you see it, it’s an act of war.”
Al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden was assassinated on May 2 by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, about 30 miles northeast of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. No Pakistani government officials were informed of the raid ahead of time. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that there is no evidence that top leaders in the Pakistani government knew where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was hiding.
Clinton's surprise visit to Islamabad came amid high tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan following the discovery of bin Laden close to the city's capital. It is the first high-level visit to Pakistan since the U.S. killing of bin Laden.
She said U.S. and Pakistani relations have "reached a turning point" but said there was more work to be done in the fight against terrorist group al-Qaida. more >>