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GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — Two top Taliban leaders and four South Korean officials met face to face for the first time today to negotiate the fate of 21 members of a church group held hostage for three weeks, an Afghan official said.
A significant military readiness deficit, the weight of ongoing Iraqi operations, preparation for eventual withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan and an emboldened Iran are just a few of the serious problems the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will face. This doesn't even bring us to a nuclear North Korea, recent Russian hostility to the West or continuing turmoil in the Gaza Strip.
KABUL, Afghanistan — The first question Zebulon Simentov asked his uninvited guest, eyes wide open at the prospect: "Are you Jewish?"
If a narco-state can be defined as a nation where the production and export of illegal drugs comprises the equivalent of about 50 percent of that country's legitimate gross domestic product, then Afghanistan is a narco-state.
MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) Government forces attacked two militant bases with helicopter gunships and artillery today in some of the army's toughest action in the lawless Afghan border region since militant attacks began surging last month.
GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) A purported Taliban spokesman today said a meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Bush had "no result" and that militants' demands must be met if 21 South Korean hostages are to be safely released.
Steadily increasing opium production is an impediment to Afghanistan's stability and security, and so it was important that President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai addressed the issue at Camp David. The Taliban has become more effective at profiting from the Afghan poppy crop and is using the opium industry to fuel its resurgence. The challenge for both governments is to make sure that counternarcotics and security efforts reinforce — not undermine — one another.
(AP) — President Bush said today that with the right intelligence U.S. and Pakistan governments can take out al Qaeda leaders, and wouldn't say whether he would consult first with Pakistan before ordering U.S. forces to act on their own.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — One of Pakistan's most outspoken opposition leaders emerged from prison to a cheering crowd yesterday and vowed to press his campaign against President Pervez Musharraf, who is already struggling with rising dissent and militant violence.