Pakistan extends Army chief's term by three years. But some political analysts worry that General Kayani's extension – the first of its kind when a civilian government has held power – will undermine the authority of Pakistan’s parliament.
Today the US transferred to Iraq almost all the prisoners it has held in custody for seven years, including Tariq Aziz and other officials in Saddam Hussein's regime that were featured in a "most wanted" deck-of-cards. But some former officials remain in limbo – waiting to be tried in a special court.
Gen. James Mattis is the Pentagon's pick to replace Gen. David Petraeus as head of US Central Command, the area of responsibility that includes Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran.
The key to success in the Afghanistan war, Sen. John McCain said yesterday, is Kandahar. But despite efforts under way to improve governance, locals say they prefer the Taliban's quick justice to corrupt local courts.
The US can’t build society at the barrel of a gun, but it can hunt Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
General Petraeus arrived in Kabul today to take over the Afghanistan war effort. Afghans say he faces a limited window to rein in corruption, make the Karzai government more accountable, and create momentum toward peace.
General Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, said in a Monitor interview that US and Iraqi forces have broken large Al Qaeda in Iraq rings that extorted millions of dollars a year from companies.
Gen. David Petraeus wants the aid as a tool to help win the war. But a House panel, citing widespread corruption in Afghanistan, voted to withhold the aid.
Gen. David Petraeus's strategy in the Afghanistan war relies on money for reconstruction and development. But Congress says it will withhold $4 billion in Afghan aid unless rampant corruption is stopped.