Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports that Pakistan has released at least two recently captured Taliban militants.
“U.S. officials now believe that even as Pakistan's security forces worked with their American counterparts to detain Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other insurgents, the country's Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, or ISI, quietly freed at least two senior Afghan Taliban figures it had captured on its own,” Miller writes.
“U.S. military and intelligence officials said the releases, detected by American spy agencies but not publicly disclosed, are evidence that parts of Pakistan's security establishment continue to support the Afghan Taliban.”
Taliban militants in Afghanistan are threatening to kill two kidnapped French journalists unless their demands are met, including the release of some detainees held by France.
In a video posted online, the journalists - kidnapped in December - are shown in separate clips.
Speaking in English and French, one reads a lengthy statement saying that if the full video is not aired on French TV, the journalists will be killed, along with their translator and driver. FULL POST
[Update April 13, 2010] A senior U.S. military official tells CNN that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is “extremely upset” about this incident. The general is so upset, the official said, that he has "ordered" all troops under his command to "re-read" his tactical directive on dealing with civilians. So far, no new directives are planned.
Kabul, Afghanistan — NATO-led troops fired on a bus in southern Afghanistan on Monday morning, killing four civilians and wounding 18 others, officials said.
The wounded included women and children, said Zalmai Ayoubi, the spokesman for Kandahar province where the shooting occurred. FULL POST
Islamabad, Pakistan — Several hundred militants attacked a military checkpoint in Orakzai Agency in Pakistan's tribal region early Monday, killing two security personnel and wounding eight others, a government official said.
Thirty-two militants died in the attack on the checkpoint in the area of Shareen Dara, Sajjad Ahmed said.
The attack came a day after Taliban spokesperson Azam Tariq told CNN the militant group had officially declared war against the United States and its allies, especially the Pakistan military, which has stepped up its efforts against militants in Orakzai Agency since mid-March. FULL POST
Gunmen entered a school near the national security building in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan where Taliban prisoners are held.
In an ensuing gun battle with police, two would-be suicide bombers were killed. The gunfire exchange also wounded two security officials and a teacher at the school.
An Afghan soldier fled after he opened fire on NATO troops, wounding one, military officials said Sunday.
The injured Polish soldier was hospitalized after the Saturday attack in Ghazni province. International forces and Afghan troops are searching for the shooter.
The Afghan National Army soldier shot the victim during an argument, the country's ministry of defense said.
Attacks on NATO troops by Afghan soldiers have escalated in recent months. The Taliban claims responsibility for the attacks and says its members have infiltrated Afghan forces. FULL POST
Afghan authorities have arrested three Italian medical workers in a plot to assassinate the governor of the southern Helmand province.
The three workers were arrested Saturday along with six Afghans from a hospital run by Milan-based Emergency in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. FULL POST