March 16th, 2010
08:53 PM ET

Update: U.S. changing rule for holding detainees

[Update: 9:27 p.m.] Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said, “This is a new authority that was requested by General Petraeus and approved by Secretary Gates but we don't anticipate it becoming our new standard operating procedure.

"Most combatants we pick up on the battlefield will still be turned over to Afghan authorities within 96 hours; however, there may be some who require more time in our custody (up to 2 weeks) in order to determine precisely who they are, what they're up to and how much of a danger they pose.”

[Posted: 4:33 p.m.] WASHINGTON - A controversial policy that gives U.S. forces in Afghanistan four days to question detainees is being changed to give soldiers more time to interrogate the captives, Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday.

Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee that American troops will now be able to hold detainees for up to 14 days before either releasing them or turning them over to the Afghan government. In some cases, longer detention will be an option, he said.


March 16th, 2010
08:20 PM ET

Analysis: The last 100 yards to bin Laden

The fact that Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Osama bin Laden will not be found alive is not surprising to those I speak to in the national security community.

Senior military and intelligence officials have said to me over the years they don't really expect to get bin Laden alive.


March 16th, 2010
03:23 PM ET

'Low intensity' explosion kills 1 in Karachi, police say

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - One woman was killed Tuesday and several others wounded in an explosion in Karachi, police told CNN.

Karachi police official Amir Farooqi described the blast as a "low intensity" explosion caused by a bomb planted under a freeway underpass near the Chandni Chowk area of Karachi.

Gul Wali, another Karachi police official, told CNN that one woman was killed by the blast. Earlier, police said five people had been wounded and that women and children were among them.

- Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.

Filed under: Pakistan
March 16th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Petraeus warns tough fighting ahead in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The war in Afghanistan will get tougher before it gets easier, the general in charge of military operations in the region told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Gen. David Petraeus - the head of Central Command, which includes both Afghanistan and Iraq in its area of responsibility - told the Senate Armed Services Committee that as the United States institutes its surge of 30,000 troops and NATO increases operations, the fighting is "likely to get harder before it gets easier" because "the enemy will fight back."

Petraeus said in his opening statement to the committee that the fighting in 2010 will be difficult and will include "setbacks." But he also said the violence will not be as high as it was half a year ago, before the Obama surge strategy was instituted.