July 30, 2010

From the Front: 07/30/2010

News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front. (New complete posts come in below)

Dispatches:
Kandahar Diary: Highway To Hell: Part 2 - Another bad few days on HWY 1. More KIA from small arms fire, RPGs and IEDs. More WIA with horrendous GSW (mostly to upper body and abdomen). We are being ambushed or contacted every day and, often, more than twice a day. It used to be rare for the one convoy to be hit twice in the same day but that is fast becoming the norm as we negotiate ambush alley daily where, from the gardens and houses that line the route, the bad guys operate at will. During an ambush yesterday near Hawz-e Madad, and subsequent firefight, three empty tankers were hit by RPG fire and exploded. There’s nothing the bad guys like more than a photo of a burning tanker – bad PR for ISAF. We lost a guard killed and two wounded. Sure, the hajjis scored three tankers but ninety fulls got through – that’s 3.5 million litres that got to the FOBs and the MRAPs and the gunships. (READ MORE)

Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: July deadliest month of Afghan war for U.S. - Investigators have reportedly found concrete evidence linking Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst already charged with leaking classified information about Iraq to Wikileaks, to the Wikileaks Afghanistan disclosures (WSJ). U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the FBI has been called in to help with the investigation, and criticized the disclosures, saying, "The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world". A Taliban spokesman has said the group is examining the Wikileaks documents, commenting of the names of Afghan informants in the disclosures, "If they are U.S. spies, then we know how to punish them." (READ MORE)

Imtiaz Gul: Pakistan's special relationships - Understanding the negative ratings that Pakistanis surveyed by a poll released today by Pew gave to the United States requires a careful study of the very recent history of Pakistan's relations with two leading NATO members -- the United States and the United Kingdom. The survey finds that only 17 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S favorably. Roughly six-in-ten Pakistanis describe the U.S. as an enemy, while a paltry 11 percent accept the U.S. as a partner. And support for U.S. involvement in the fight against extremists in Pakistan's northwest has waned over the last year. Fewer Pakistanis now want the U.S. to provide financial and humanitarian aid to areas where extremist groups operate, or for the U.S. to provide intelligence and logistical support to Pakistani troops fighting extremists, although about half of those surveyed still favor these efforts. (READ MORE)

Citizen Soldier: ALMOST HOME - Well I am on the slow journey home from Iraq. We left Baghdad Iraq on the 22nd of July, there we went to Kuwait and spent about 4 days there. Then we finally got the word that we are heading home. It was a very long flight and yes it was very boring but we endured and now we are in Camp Shelby Mississippi demobbing. They are really stretching it out here and if we did it all straight through we would be done by now. They are having us go through one station at a time. Lets say for instance today we cleared dental and it took 2 hours. That was it and we got the rest of the day off. We are all sitting around doing the army motto and that is hurrying up and waiting. I believe we could have been home by now but oh well we are on our way. We will be leaving here in a few days and I am anxiously waiting to get back home to my family and friends. The heat in Mississippi is so much more humid then in Iraq but like anything it is easy to get use to it. Well I will write again in a few days when I get home. (READ MORE)

Fire and Ice: Today's Motivation - Columnist Mark Shield's piece about the Marines and our values appeared in newspapers across the country today. It's a good read, especially the boot camp part. A half a century ago, I spent the longest 13 weeks of my life at an out-of-the-way place called Parris Island, S.C., then and now the home of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. We were strangers who arrived there in the middle of the night and were immediately relieved of all our civilian clothing and possessions — including our hair. Standing there confused, apprehensive and bald, I remember asking myself over and over: What the hell am I doing here? Then silently appeared in our midst a man in a starched uniform and polished boots brimming with self-confidence and a sense of command. This was the Marine drill instructor, the DI, who did not conceal his disgust with what he saw in us. I can still hear him that we were the sorriest collection of misfits and rejects he or anyone else had ever seen. (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio: Analysis: Al Qaeda maintains an extensive network in Afghanistan - On May 21 there was a suicide attack in Paktia province in Afghanistan that was initially claimed by the Taliban, but was later traced back to al Qaeda. The facts surrounding that strike and others, as well as information gleaned from US military press releases, paint a picture of al Qaeda that contradicts recent statements by top US intelligence officials who estimated al Qaeda's strength in Afghanistan as being limited to between 50 and 100 operatives. "I think at most, we're looking at maybe 50 to 100 [al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan], maybe less," Panetta said on ABC News This Week on June 27. "It's in that vicinity. There's no question that the main location of al-Qaeda is in tribal areas of Pakistan." Explicit confirmation of al Qaeda's recent activity in Afghanistan came in a propaganda video released by As Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm, stating that the May 21 suicide assault against an Afghan border police outpost in Urgun in Paktia province was carried out by four al Qaeda operatives. (READ MORE)

Loving A Soldier Blog: DoD Resumes MyCAA program with limitations - DoD will resume the MyCAA program. The Department of Defense has completed the program review and will be making the necessary adjustments to resume the MyCAA program beginning in October 2010. Starting 8 a.m. (EDT) Monday October 25, 2010, Military OneSource career and education counselors will have a much more active role in supporting military spouses. In addition to understanding resources available via DoD's financial aid support, they will provide support and assistance to identify and gain access to other federal, state, and local programs. All military spouses of active duty service members will be eligible for career counseling and support. New financial assistance guidelines. With a focus on the original intent of the program, the Defense Department's financial assistance program will: • Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2 (READ MORE)

Red Bull Rising: Achtung -- Panzer! - I had to say good-bye to Trooper the other day. He's moving out with one of advanced parties, tasked with setting up initial operations for the brigade headquarters. He doesn't get to participate in today's send-off ceremony. He's already on the job, down at Camp Shelby, Miss. Guys don't do emotional moments very often, or well. Things end up either being left unsaid, or sounding like dialogue from a bad Mafia movie. Trooper and I were on the same deployment back in 2003. We've seen and done some wacky stuff together. Take, for example, the time we hung out for hours drinking tea in a Middle Eastern hotel lobby, watching the people-scape change from day to night. The restaurant was closed, because of Ramadan, but Trooper had cracked the local hospitality code by ordering room service, and having it delivered to the registration desk. Stupid little insanities like that kept me sane, and Trooper made more than just a few of them happen. (READ MORE)

Joshua Foust: Taliban Use Wikileaks to Hunt, Murder Named Afghans - Yesterday, The Times, which is, sadly, behind a paywall, ran a report by Tom Coghland that was very worrying: “After the disclosure in this newspaper yesterday that the WikiLeaks Afghan ‘war logs’ contained possibly hundreds of named Afghan intelligence sources for US forces, The Times has uncovered many new cases. One example from 2006 described an encounter between US officers and an Afghan. The Times has redacted the report to ensure that no individual or their relatives could be targeted. Yesterday the account of Mr [X]’s meeting was accessible to anyone on the internet with the thousands of others published by WikiLeaks. When The Times sought to track down Mr [X] to ask his response, he was found to be dead. He was killed by the Taleban two years ago after being suspected of spying for American forces. Twenty-eight other named Afghan individuals in just a few hundred files examined in detail by The Times on the site are, however, thought to be alive.” (READ MORE)

She of the Sea: Going "Home" - As you may know, my family embarked upon an overseas PCS around seven weeks ago. We're still living in the Navy Lodge, and I am having a harder time with this move than with any move I've ever done. I've never been homesick before, but I have had many moments of homesickness in the last few weeks. I had an opportunity to come back to the States to visit the USAA mothership (see Andi's post) and it has been a bittersweet journey. I was so glad to be in the US, and a little worried that this transition has been so hard for me. Thankfully, something happened yesterday that helped me see that I might be doing better than I think. I was in an amazing mid-Texas rest stop/convenience store and I was looking in the soda cases for a drink. None of the options were appealing to me and I thought to myself, "If I were in Italy, I could find something that I wanted to drink." (READ MORE)

The Unknown Soldiers: Touching lives - Sunday at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, several weeping Marines reached out to the inverted rifle symbolizing the sacrifice of Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Eastman. While accepting that their friend was gone, many longed to shake his hand one last time and say thanks. The bravery Gunnery Sgt. Eastman displayed on the battlefield as an explosive ordnance disposal technician saved the lives of many fellow Marines. Born in Moose Pass, Alaska, Eastman joined the Marines after graduating high school in 2000. The nation went to war shortly after his enlistment, leading to combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite having one of the world's most dangerous jobs, disarming bombs with the 1st EOD Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), all indications are that Eastman embraced his duty. "He worked hard for the opportunity to sacrifice his life in order to save many lives," an obituary said. (READ MORE)

Spencer Ackerman: Pakistanis Ask: Drones? What Drones? - Here in the America, the CIA’s drone program targeting extremists in the tribal areas of Pakistan is the subject of heated debate. The CIA calls it a uniquely valuable and precise counterterrorism tool. The Obama administration, which has stepped up the program significantly since taking office, considers it legal under the 2001 congressional Authorization to Use Military Force. The human-rights community, along with many security experts, fear that the program will create more terrorists than it kills due to anger at civilian casualties. Pakistanis, however, think the drones are — sorry; huh? What are you talking about? Did you say clones? That’s according to a new Pew poll on Pakistani attitudes (PDF) that’s filled with surprises. Top of the list: “Just over one-in-three Pakistanis (35%) have heard about the drone strikes.” Apparently, Pakistanis barely know this program even exists. Forty-three percent say they’ve heard “nothing at all” about the drones. You can hear the champagne corks popping at Langley. (READ MORE)

Katie Drummond: Al Qaeda in Iraq’s Health Care Plan: Stolen Blood, Skilled Docs - Pockets of insurgents are stealing blood supplies from local hospitals and blood banks in Iraq, often at gunpoint, and using the looted stockpiles to treat their own troops. That’s the report out of the New York Times this week, but it’s only another reminder of the premium placed on life-saving medical supplies — blood and organs, but also surgical tools and pharmaceuticals — in times of turmoil and war. In Iraq, the thefts have actually been ongoing for years. The Times notes that, since at least 2005, Al Qaeda in Iraq fighters have raided hospitals — often the same ones several times — and stolen “large quantities of blood,” rather than risk arrest by bringing wounded group members in for treatment. These thefts often go on without interference from Iraqi security forces or hospital employees — many of whom “have members sympathetic to the insurgency.” (READ MORE)

Abu Muqawama: On the Afghans - "[Assange] insisted that any risk to informants' lives was outweighed by the overall importance of publishing the information." -- The Times of London As it turns out, I have one more thing to say about Wikileaks. In the past, I have chastised some on the American Right for their apparent belief that what we -- the United States and its allies -- do or fail to do in Afghanistan is of paramount importance in this conflict. My view, as I think I have made clear, is that ultimately the fate of Afghanistan is in the hands of the Afghans. External actors -- the United States and its allies, Iran, Pakistan, etc. -- are important. But our counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan is dependent for its success on the actions of local Afghan actors. I may be misguided to think this and be prejudiced by my admittedly limited experiences, but based upon 10 years spent either fighting or studying conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon, I have arrived at the conclusion that in general the actions of local actors matter more than those of external forces. (READ MORE)

Free Range International: Losing Hearts and Minds - Ben Arnoldy at the Christen Science Monitor penned an excellent tale on reconstruction efforts going pear shaped and the consequences resulting from such folly. It is an excellent piece of reporting from one of the truly professional foreign correspondents working the country today. The report was original, focused and the resulted from Ben going to the remote Badakshan Province for a couple of weeks to get the details correct and to prove that traveling in the safer northern provinces is easy. This article is the perfect book end to last weeks Toronto Star piece on Panjwaii Tim and Ghost Team because it highlights the futility of traditional US AID standard operating procedures. Ben sums up the point of his article with these opening paragraphs: “On paper, the multi-pronged project revitalized a backward Afghan province, weaning it off poppy cultivation and winning Afghan hearts and minds. However, a Monitor investigation reveals that even in spite of a few modest gains, the Afghans here were left angered over project failures, secrecy, and wasted funds.” (READ MORE)

Texas Music: Short - Our time in Iraq is swiftly drawing to a close. People are packing up, mailing excess stuff home, getting ready to leave. We have already sent our advance party ahead. We have started our RIP, which stands for 'Relief in Place,' meaning training up our replacements. There is a palatable sense of relief. Almost over. I'm looking back on this tour and it wasn't what I expected. Not that I really knew what to expect, but still. I came over expecting on some level for the security situation to be about what it was in 2007, 2008. Aside from hearing some explosions in the distance and probably maybe perhaps getting sniped at that one time, this has been a very safe, quiet and ultimately boring tour. I'm not complaining. No, really, I'm not. I would have liked to have earned my CIB, but I much more prefer bringing all my guys home safe and sound. Nobody got hurt, nobody got blown up, nobody died. Good enough. (READ MORE)

Homefront Six: 'Tis the season of a thousand tiny cuts - A short while back, I made the observation that military life is a lot like enduring paper cuts. And summertime - prime PCS (permanent change of station) season - seems to be the most painful time of year. I've often debated with friends whether it is better to be the leavER or the leavEE...both have their upsides and downsides. Given the fact that we've been on this rock for five and a half years, I've about had enough of being the leavEE. And I'm not a fan. Don't get me wrong - I'm not sure I'm ready to leave yet. But the being left part leaves a lot to be desired. And, having been here for as long as we've been here, the emotional attachments are deep and therefore quite painful to sever. Add to that the fact that I am horrible at goodbyes and you get an idea of how horribly icky the past few weeks have been. This past weekend was the worst - having to say goodbye to a family with whom we became quite close. Their children were in my youth group at church. (READ MORE)

Greyhawk: Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) - For months the Taliban have been able to assure the people of Afghanistan that US and NATO are headed for the exit as fast as possible. That was never a difficult task - they've got numerous quotes from the American Vice President (and a few from the President) to support their claims. The military "deeds not words" response ("They will judge us by our actions. ... What they [Afghans] are really judging is not our rhetoric... We should contest enemy propaganda about timelines and stress that we will help them in long term partnership. We have to prove that with our actions, not just our words...") to that is valiant (and the only way to avoid verbally "disagreeing" with the civilian leadership) - but expect the Taliban to do some deeds of their own to back up their words (quoted above) in the near-future, too. Make no mistake - the Taliban's "warning to Afghans whose names might appear on the leaked Afghanistan war logs as informers" is directed to a much wider audience than that. (READ MORE)


News from the Home Front:
'WikiLeaks' founder has 'blood of soldiers on his hands', says Mullen - United States has asked for FBI's help to inquiry into the leaking of more than 90,000 classified military records on the Afghan war by 'WikiLeaks' website, and accused its founder Julian Assange of having "blood ... on his hands." (READ MORE)

White House call in FBI in Afghan war leaks probe - A criminal investigation into the leak of tens of thousands of secret Afghanistan war logs could go beyond the military, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said, and he did not rule out that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be a target. (READ MORE)

Computer Evidence Ties Leaks to Soldier - Investigators have found concrete evidence on computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning that link him with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a U.S. defense official said. (READ MORE)

FBI to help investigate leak of documents on Afghan war - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has called in the FBI to help with the inquiry into the leaking of more than 90,000 classified military records. (READ MORE)

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen: WikiLeaks release endangers troops, Afghans - The U.S. military's top officer charged Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in releasing tens of thousands of secret documents, had endangered the lives of American troops and Afghan informants who have assisted U.S. forces. (READ MORE)

Senate panel seeks return of drug eradication in Afghanistan - A Senate panel challenged the Obama administration on one of its signature policies in Afghanistan on Thursday, calling for a renewal of U.S. eradication of drug crops. (READ MORE)

Obama Signs Bill Funding Surge In Afghanistan - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation to fund his troop surge in Afghanistan, even though it was stripped of money for domestic stimulus programs. (READ MORE)

Army Releases Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report - The Army today released the Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (HP/RR/SP) Report, the result of a focused 15-month effort to better understand the increasing rate of suicides in the force. (READ MORE)

New details emerge surrounding Spc. Bergdahl's capture - U.S. military commanders ordered all operations stopped in the moments after Spc. Bowe Bergdahl was reported missing in Afghanistan June 30, 2009, new secret military documents reveal. (READ MORE)


News from the Front:
Iraq:

Spain Reissues US Troop Warrants Over Iraq Death - A Madrid judge reissued arrest warrants Thursday for three U.S. servicemen over the death of a Spanish journalist killed by American tank fire in Iraq in 2003. (READ MORE)

Gunmen And Bombs Kill At Least 12 In Iraq - Attackers killed at least 12 people and wounded 31 in a series of shootings and explosions across Iraq on Thursday, security and hospital sources said. (READ MORE)

Gunmen attack checkpoint in Baghdad, briefly raise flag of al-Qaeda in Iraq - Gunmen launched a rare, coordinated attack on Iraqi soldiers Thursday in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood of the capital and briefly erected the flag of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq near a smoldering army checkpoint. (READ MORE)

Iraqi Insurgents Plant Qaeda Flag in Baghdad - In a brazen late-afternoon attack in the heart of this city’s most prominent Sunni neighborhood, gunmen struck two police checkpoints on Thursday before a series of roadside bombs detonated on police and army patrols responding to the violence. (READ MORE)


Afghanistan:
3 U.S. troops die in deadliest month of Afghan war - Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month's record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war. (READ MORE)

July becomes deadliest month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan - Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war. (READ MORE)

Afghans riot in Kabul after deadly NATO crash - Scores of Afghans rioted outside the US embassy in Kabul on Friday after a NATO vehicle crashed into a civilian car killing a number of occupants, officials and witnesses said. (READ MORE)

Taliban exploiting openings in neglected northern Afghan province - The Taliban is exploiting people in the neglected northern Afghan province of Baghlan, which according to reports, is slipping away from government control. (READ MORE)

Dutch troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in August as planned - The Dutch troops deployed in Afghanistan will leave as scheduled starting Aug.1 after concluding a four-year mission in the country, Dutch military chief General Peter van Uhm said Thursday. (READ MORE)

Hearts and mind hard to reach in Afghan valley - Defeating insurgents in Afghanistan's volatile Arghandab Valley would take time, but there were now enough U.S. and Afghan troops to defeat the Taliban, the area's U.S. commander says. (READ MORE)

Afghan war leak may have severe consequences - The unprecedented leak of secret United States military reports this week about the war in Afghanistan could have severe consequences for American troops and their allies, and could cost people their lives, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday. (READ MORE)

Taliban: We'll behead WikiLeaks informers - The Taliban on Thursday night threatened to decapitate informants who have been revealed in uncensored intelligence documents published on the Internet. (READ MORE)

Karzai Says U.S., NATO Must Strike Taliban Havens - Afghan President Hamid Karzai complained today that U.S. and NATO forces are not attacking Taliban sanctuaries. He said, the sources of funding and training of terrorism lie outside Afghanistan, an apparent reference to Pakistan. (READ MORE)

Al-Qaida 'planned 9/11 style attack on Kabul' - It may be one of the more audacious terrorist plots to be hatched in Afghanistan, but it was certainly not the most original. (READ MORE)

Taliban Exploit Openings in Neglected Province - Almost unnoticed, this strategic northern province is slipping away from government control. (READ MORE)

Contractors, Afghan recruits in deadly training dispute - A training exercise this month erupted into a deadly gunfight between Afghan and U.S. instructors, illustrating the problems officials face in preparing the Afghan soldiers and police officers for the drawdown of U.S. troops next year. (READ MORE)

Taliban congratulate Dutch on withdrawal - Afghanistan’s Taliban rebels have congratulated the Netherlands on the withdrawal if its forces from the country. All Dutch troops are due to have withdrawn from the Afghan province of Uruzgan by Sunday. (READ MORE)

Governor lashes out at foreign NGOs - Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal has lashed out at foreign aid groups for non-cooperation with his government in executing development projects. Mangal was speaking at a gathering held on the campus of the Agriculture University in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan’s Green Zone - To those who spent time in Baghdad during 2003-2009, the phrase “Green Zone” conjures up a walled sanctuary on the Tigris, with Americans in uniforms or suits occupying gaudy Baathist palaces and only the occasional interruption of war from the city beyond. (READ MORE)

Insurgents Kill 13 Civilians, Wound 4 in Attacks Throughout Afghanistan - Insurgents killed 13 Afghan civilians and wounded four more in attacks throughout Afghanistan yesterday. (READ MORE)

Taliban Helpless Against Floods While Afghan Air Force Saves Thousands - Crouched low against the beating winds, Afghan civilians trudge quickly through knee deep muddy fields to the relative safety of a waiting Mi-17 transport helicopter, courtesy of the Afghan Air Force. (READ MORE)

Insurgent Killing of Civilians with Election Ties Continue - Yesterday, the son of an election campaign chief for a parliamentary candidate and another civilian will killed in an insurgent ambush as they travelled between Nazdara District and Koh-e Safi District. (READ MORE)

Afghan and Coalition Security Force Captures Haqqani Commander in Paktiya - An Afghan and coalition security force detained four suspected insurgents in Paktiya province last night including a Haqqani Network sub-commander who facilitates the movement of weapons into Gardez district. (READ MORE)

Afghan war logs: Taliban warns it is 'hunting down informants' - The Taliban has warned that it is hunting down Afghans whose names might appear on the leaked Afghanistan war logs on grounds that they were informers for the Nato-led coalition. (READ MORE)
The Consequences of a 'Conceptual Withdrawal' in Afghanistan - After the WikiLeaks publication of classified military documents, the pressure on Western countries to withdraw from Afghanistan has become even greater. (READ MORE)


Pakistan:
'Shocked' Pak seeks clarification on Karzai's 'hitting terror sanctuaries' remarks - The Pakistan Foreign Office has reacted sharply to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's suggestion of a NATO operation inside Pakistan, saying that the comments were "incomprehensible". (READ MORE)

Pakistan "Concerned About Indian Influence In Afghanistan" - Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., is concerned about the growing Indian influence in Afghanistan, and says his country does not want to be caught in a "pincers movement" on the issue. (READ MORE)

US now says Pakistani support for Taliban 'in the past' - With the storm over WikiLeaks revelations refusing to die down, US officials are at pains to suggest that while some people in Pakistan's intelligence community had supported the Taliban, that situation is changing. (READ MORE)

Most Pakistanis view US as enemy, want Afghan war to end, survey finds - Two-thirds of Pakistanis oppose the US-led war in Afghanistan and roughly six in 10 think the US is an enemy, according to a new survey. (READ MORE)

US pushes for India-Pakistan dialogue despite ISI-Taliban links - The United States says it encourages a dialogue between India and Pakistan despite 'revelations' of known links between Pakistani spy agency ISI and the Taliban as it is in the interest of all three nations. (READ MORE)

Officials: Floods kill at least 313 in Pakistan - The death toll in three days of flooding in Pakistan reached at least 313 on Friday, rescue and government officials said, as rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides. (READ MORE)
Pakistan monsoon floods kill more than 320 - Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed more than 320 people in Pakistan in three days and affected at least 300,000, officials said Friday. (READ MORE)

British PM Defends Remarks on Pakistan and Terrorism - British Prime Minister David Cameron has wrapped up a three-day visit to India, calling for a stronger partnership with India. (READ MORE)

Pakistanis see India as greater threat than Taliban, Al Qaeda - Pakistanis consider India a greater threat than Taliban and Al Qaeda with a quarter viewing Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks, favourably, according to a new study. (READ MORE)


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