The latest Taliban attack on Kabul comes amid new Afghanistan government efforts to lure militants away from the insurgency.
New report says Islamist militant strikes in Pakistan rose 45 percent in 2009, with a total of 2,586 attacks. Eighty-seven of the terrorist attacks were suicide bombers. As the year ended, more of the attacks targeted civilians.
In an interview, a jihadi talks about why state-sponsored militants who once fought in Indian-controlled Kashmir are now joining the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
If the US wants fundamental change, it must alleviate Pashtun frustration in Afghanistan and get Pakistan to give up supporting Islamists and the Taliban.
The Pakistan Army is going after terrorists who target Pakistan. All the major terrorist networks attacking US forces in Afghanistan operate from other areas of Pakistan.
Only in Afghanistan and Pakistan have we seen jihadism actually take root in large numbers.
The Taliban combined with an Al Qaeda-linked militant group and others to kill eight US soldiers in northeastern Afghanistan Sunday. The Taliban's flexibility is a major threat to US forces.
Political and military leaders in the region try to look to the positive as Taliban fighters entrench in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
The umbrella organization includes many different groups fighting the Afghan government and Western forces.