CNN’s Christane Amanpour recently interviewed U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, who heads U.S. Central Command, on a range of subjects from Yemen to the war in Afghanistan. Read the full transcript.
Meanwhile, across the border, Pakistan suffered “its worst year of terrorist violence last year, with more than 3,000 people killed, as Islamic insurgents, some of them allied with al Qaida, targeted civilians and destabilized the country, according to a new report,” reports McClatchy’s Saeed Shah.
“The tally compiled by the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies, a research organization based in Islamabad, found that terrorist attacks killed 3,021 people and injured 7,334 in 2009. There were 87 suicide bombings amid 2,586 terrorist strikes, a 45 percent increase over the previous year,” Shah reports.
Some other news reports and perspectives:
- An interview with Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Der Speigel): “Killing the enemy is not the best route to success”
- Joshua Partlow (Washington Post): “Despite warnings, military's use of drones on the rise in Afghanistan”
- Jim Michaels (USA Today): “U.S. general: Taliban beaten in Helmand province”
- Ben Arnoldy (Christian Science Monitor): “How U.S. is tackling opium trade in Afghanistan poppy heartland”
- Thomas Day (McClatchy/Miami Herald): “Corruption in Afghanistan isn't limited to Afghans, U.S. official says”
- Ashok Mehta (Wall Street Journal): “Avoiding another Great Game”