March 17th, 2010
06:23 PM ET

Around the Web: al Qaeda ‘on the run,’ Panetta says

CIA Director Leon Panetta told the Washington Post that the recent attacks in Pakistan have al Qaeda “on the run.”
 
"Those operations are seriously disrupting al-Qaeda," Panetta said. "It's pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling. And that we really do have them on the run."  Read more about the interview

Meanwhile, Walter Pincus of the Washington Post reports that the U.S. is facing a shortage of service members to help train the Afghan army.

“Roughly 2,000 contractors are working to train the Afghan army, about the same as the number of military personnel doing the job, according to a senior U.S. military official, who cited a shortage of available service members,” Pincus writes. 
 
Alan Gomez of USA Today reports that the U.S. is struggling to track weapons purchased for Afghan forces that are ending up in enemy hands. 
 
Fareed Zakaria writes in Newsweek that Pakistan represents a foreign policy achievement for President Obama.
 
“There is a place where Barack Obama's foreign policy is working, and one that is crucial to U.S. national security - Pakistan,” Zakaria writes.

Some other news reports and perspectives:
 
- BBC: "Iran and Pakistan sign ‘historic’ pipeline deal"

- Michael O’Hanlon and Hassina Sherjan (Dallas Morning News): "5 myths about the war in Afghanistan"
 
- David Ignatius (Washington Post): “When the CIA's intelligence-gathering isn't enough 
 
- Nadia Naviwala (IHT/New York Times): “Let Pakistan Make Its Own Progress

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