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May 16, 2011

Afghans turn from West despite military gains: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite battlefield gains against insurgents in southern Afghanistan, the United States is failing to win over Afghans in the heartland of the Taliban, a new study shows.

Almost 90 percent of men polled in contested districts in southern Afghanistan believe foreign military operations are bad for them, according to research by the International Council on Security and Development, or ICOS.

May 16, 2011

U.S., Pakistan seen muddling through after bin Laden

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. ties with Pakistan following Osama bin Laden’s death are teetering on the brink, threatening to choke off Washington’s ability to supply the Afghan war and to deprive Pakistan of desperately needed aid.

But neither country is likely to sever a relationship that, while maddening for both sides, has helped give Pakistan global clout and allowed the United States to strike at militants it sees fueling violence in Afghanistan.

May 15, 2011

Analysis: U.S., Pakistan seen muddling through after bin Laden

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. ties with Pakistan following Osama bin Laden’s death are teetering on the brink, threatening to choke off Washington’s ability to supply the Afghan war and to deprive Pakistan of desperately needed aid.

But neither country is likely to sever a relationship that, while maddening for both sides, has helped give Pakistan global clout and allowed the United States to strike at militants it sees fueling violence in Afghanistan.

May 12, 2011

U.S. intensifies drone aircraft attacks in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, Pakistani officials said, as American officials vowed to press forward with such attacks after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout.

The third such strike since bin Laden’s killing on May 2 indicated an intensification of the attacks compared with the weeks before the al Qaeda chief was shot dead in the U.S. raid on a compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.

May 12, 2011

Even post-bin Laden, U.S. drones in Pakistan press on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The aggressive U.S. campaign of drone strikes inside Pakistan will not ease despite the killing of Osama bin Laden, even as the unilateral action infuriates Pakistanis and further strains diplomatic ties.

Washington will continue hitting Pakistan-based militants blamed for attacks on U.S. soldiers in neighboring Afghanistan, current and former U.S. officials said.

May 10, 2011

Coming weeks will test U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are heading into what may be a pivotal fighting season that determines the scale of an initial U.S. troop withdrawal starting this summer, a senior U.S. official said.

President Barack Obama has vowed to begin in July a gradual withdrawal of the 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan as Washington takes steps to end a costly, unpopular war nearly a decade after the Taliban government was toppled.

May 4, 2011

U.S to juggle risks, resources after Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as Americans cheer the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. policymakers may struggle to map out a new U.S. security policy that can redirect resources from a decade of laser-like focus on counterterrorism while still guarding against fresh attacks.

The death of the al Qaeda leader, who embodied the post-Sept. 11 decade and the ‘War on Terror’ it inspired, could allow Washington to rebalance its foreign policy away from the expensive, bloody wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and shadowy counterterror operations elsewhere.

May 3, 2011

Analysis: U.S. to juggle risks, resources after bin Laden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as Americans cheer the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. policymakers may struggle to map out a new U.S. security policy that can redirect resources from a decade of laser-like focus on counterterrorism while still guarding against fresh attacks.

The death of the al Qaeda leader, who embodied the post-September 11 decade and the ‘War on Terror’ it inspired, could allow Washington to rebalance its foreign policy away from the expensive, bloody wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and shadowy counter terror operations elsewhere.

May 2, 2011

U.S. government’s Osama coup won’t end Afghan, Pakistan woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s death was cheered by scores of Americans, but his demise is unlikely to mend the U.S. administration’s severely frayed ties with Islamabad or ease fierce fighting in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced late on Sunday that the al Qaeda leader was shot to death in Abbottabad, near Pakistan’s capital, ending the United States’ decade-long quest to snare the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

May 2, 2011

Analysis-U.S. government’s bin Laden coup won’t end Afghan woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s death was cheered by scores of Americans, but his demise is unlikely to mend the U.S. administration’s severely frayed ties with Islamabad or ease fierce fighting in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that the al Qaeda leader was shot to death in Abbottabad, near Pakistan’s capital, ending the United States’ decade-long quest to snare the man behind the September 11 attacks.

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