March 12th, 2010
07:13 PM ET

Silver Star Soldier gets career-ending reprimand

A U.S. Army officer who was awarded for valor after his combat outpost in Afghanistan was attacked has also received a letter of reprimand for failing to secure the base before the attack, according to Army officials. Such a letter normally would prevent career advancement.

Capt. Matthew Myer received the Silver Star for his part in repelling a Taliban attack on his small combat outpost in July 2008.


March 12th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Why all the confusion about identities of prize catches?

Adam Gadahn, a U.S.-born spokesman for al Qaeda

Was he or wasn't he?  You might have been scratching your head as you read conflicting reports about whether Adam Gadahn, the American-born mouthpiece for al Qaeda, had been captured in Pakistan.  Some unnamed Pakistani officials said they got him, while anonymous American officials shot back that there is no evidence to support the claim. 

Now we are as certain as we can be that it is not him.  We have both Pakistani and American officials saying Gadahn is not in custody, but why the contradictions, the confusion in the first place? 

Former senior U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials say the Pakistani government has been very good at letting the U.S. know within a reasonable period of time when it has captured someone noteworthy.  Furthermore, they say the Pakistanis want credit for it.  But it can be complicated.  FULL POST

March 12th, 2010
07:29 AM ET

Ex-Pakistan spy chief urges talks with Omar

Retired General Hamid Gul

Talking to the Taliban leader in Afghanistan may help bring peace to the country, according to a former Pakistan spy chief once referred to as the "father of the Taliban."

Retired Gen. Hamid Gul, a former head of the ISI spy agency, worked with the CIA through the 1980s to fund and train the Afghan Jihad against the Soviets. Many of the Mujahedeen went on to govern Afghanistan as the Taliban, who are led by Mullah Omar. FULL POST

Filed under: Pakistan • Taliban
March 12th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

At least 39 killed in Pakistan bombings

LAHORE, Pakistan - Twin suicide blasts killed at least 39 people and injured 95 others Friday in a high security area with a dense military presence, local police said.

The suicide assailants targeted military convoys, approaching on foot and detonating their explosives 15 to 20 seconds apart, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah said on local television. Five of the dead were Pakistani soldiers, he said. FULL POST

Filed under: Pakistan