The Monitor's language columnist considers why the military needs a new term for operations involving actual shooting.
City officials fear Pakistan's commercial capital could be paralyzed if militants become more unified.
A record number of US troops – and Afghan civilians – died in 2008. Frustration mounts over fighting Taliban insurgents among villagers.
The US pursuit of Al Qaeda with airstrikes complicates Pakistan's struggle against the Taliban, who launched their largest attack in months over the weekend.
Some 250 US citizens of Afghan origin have made unlikely career changes to become military interpreters.