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Militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to an airport in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday in a failed attempt to enter the air field used by Afghan and international forces, authorities said. Eight insurgents died in the ensuing gunbattle.
A senior Bangladeshi official says his country's mostly Muslim population does not sympathize with the radical brand of Islam pursued by militant groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Endless Game cartoon in the Financial Times shows President Obama and a Taliban insurgent batting back and forth a coffin-shaped projectile over the smoking ruin of a building. Another one, in the International Herald Tribune, has Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal boarding a U.S. transport as an Afghan soldier waves goodbye. Atop a nearby mountain, one Taliban fighter says to another, "The pullout has begun!" The two newspapers are the world's most-read English-language dailies by government leaders, business executives and media throughout the world.
The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as the new commander of the Afghanistan war, and President Obama swiftly issued a statement saying the general has his "full confidence."
Close to half of the 600 murders reported so far this year in the economic hub of Karachi have been "target killings," slayings carried out by religious groups and gangs affiliated with political parties. That's roughly double the number that occurred in all of 2009.
Predicting "tough fighting" ahead, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus vowed to review rules of engagement to ensure U.S. troops aren't handicapped on the battlefield.
A deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan could precipitate a loss in the war in Afghanistan, according to a new think tank report.
The top U.S. military official said last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar could conceivably be part of a political settlement in Afghanistan.
U.S. officials and a former Afghan foreign minister are expressing skepticism over Pakistan-brokered talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and al Qaeda-affiliated groups, saying Islamabad appears to be trying to install its proxies in a future government in Kabul.