The Economist has a feature on Waziristan, an area between Pakistan and Afghanistan that the magazine calls the “headquarters of Islamist terror.”
“Waziristan, home to 800,000 tribal Pushtuns, is a complicated place. It is the hinge that joins Pakistan and Afghanistan, geographically and strategically,” the Economist writes.
"Split into two administrative units, North and South Waziristan, it is largely run by the Taliban, with foreign jihadists among them. If Islamist terror has a headquarters, it is probably Waziristan.”
The Associated Press reports that Bulgaria is planning on sending 30 more troops to Afghanistan. “Bulgaria currently has 497 troops in Afghanistan, with 270 of them guarding the Kandahar airport, which has been plagued by insurgent attacks,” the AP reports.
Some other news reports and perspectives:
- Eros Hoagland (New York Times): "Station of the Cross - Scenes from 2009"
- Asif Ali Zardari (Wall Street Journal): “Democracy is the greatest revenge”
- Stanley A. Weiss (Los Angeles Times): “Afghanistan strategy should also focus on improving quality of life”
- Michael O’ Hanlon (Los Angeles Times): “A year of war – and progress”
- Mark Moyar (Foreign Policy): “How to whip the Afghan army into shape”