What's going on in the counter-terror war in Pakistan? Last week we learned that the U.S. military's chief liaison, Maj. Gen. Jay W. Hood, has been pulled from the country, ostensibly because of his previous assignment as commander of the...
By William M. Arkin | May 12, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (11)
The war on terrorism is multifaceted and complicated.
By William M. Arkin | March 4, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (25)
He's still International Public Enemy No. 1.
By William M. Arkin | February 27, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (21)
What the U.S. does in Pakistan is important.
By William M. Arkin | February 22, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (40)
The election changes nothing.
By William M. Arkin | February 19, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (22)
Al Qaeda is back. What to do about it?
By William M. Arkin | January 28, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (24)
We still don't know enough to know what we don't know.
By William M. Arkin | January 18, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (86)
Could the U.S. ever take unilateral military action in Pakistan?
By William M. Arkin | January 17, 2008; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (29)
A deal to expand the presence of U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan seems to be in jeopardy. But is it really?
By William M. Arkin | January 15, 2008; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (40)
The U.S. needs to forge a different future in Pakistan and stop looking to Musharraf as a savior.
By William M. Arkin | December 31, 2007; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (68)
We should not let our al-Qaeda fixation blind us, just as the Soviet threat did in Iran in the 1970s, to the realities that Pakistan could implode of its own accord.
By William M. Arkin | December 28, 2007; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (192)
Beginning early next year, U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units.
By William M. Arkin | December 26, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (135)
Loose nukes in the hands of terrorists would be a catastrophe. But it's wrong to suggest that the Pakistani government crackdown was in any way justified.
By William M. Arkin | November 14, 2007; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (50)
The president has to stop talking about how Tehran will spark World War III.
By William M. Arkin | November 8, 2007; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (68)
With Musharraf's declaration of martial law, the world has woken up to the potentially disastrous results of benign neglect.
By William M. Arkin | November 7, 2007; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (20)
More than $10 billion in aid to Pakistan since Sept. 11, and the good news is that at least it doesn't look like the weapons we've provided to Musharraf's military are being used to beat back democracy or prop up the dictatorship.
By William M. Arkin | November 6, 2007; 05:28 AM ET | Comments (14)
Emergency rule in Pakistan demonstrates not only Musharraf's failure, but that the joint U.S.-Pakistani approach to fighting terrorism is badly conceived and poorly implemented.
By William M. Arkin | November 5, 2007; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (43)
Yes, both the Taliban and al Qaeda are active in Pakistan, but so are many other home-grown terrorist groups.
By William M. Arkin | October 19, 2007; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (32)
While this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting has gained a lot of press, another Asian confab, celebrating cooperation of a different sort, has gone under the radar.
By William M. Arkin | September 7, 2007; 06:59 AM ET | Comments (9)
Senators Clinton and Obama had another spat last week, this time over U.S. nuclear weapons policy. In her zeal to sound presidential, however, Clinton promoted the wrong option.
By William M. Arkin | August 13, 2007; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (36)
It has a sober subject (terrorism and nuclear weapons) and an excess of acronyms, but a new report is basically a plea for more government money.
By William M. Arkin | August 10, 2007; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (15)
How is it that the government of nuclear-armed, military-ruled, non-democratic Pakistan has acquired a bipartisan troupe of Washington apologists?
By William M. Arkin | August 8, 2007; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (52)
Mitt Romney's criticism of Barack Obama's statement about terrorists in Pakistan begs the question of what exactly Romney would do in a similar situation.
By William M. Arkin | August 7, 2007; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (27)
This week saw the unusual spectacle of a foreign government criticizing a U.S. presidential candidate. The government is Pakistan and the candidate is Sen. Barack Obama -- and while such criticism is rare, Obama's remarks were pretty strange, too.
By William M. Arkin | August 3, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (105)
U.S.-Pakistan relations seem increasingly headed for rocky waters. Last week's National Intelligence Estimate identified the country as al-Qaeda's headquarters and safe haven, and the White House has stated that the United States would take action, unilateral if necessary, to go...
By William M. Arkin | July 24, 2007; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (85)
In nearly six years since 9/11, al- Qaeda has rebuilt its infrastructure in a mountainous and remote part of northwest Pakistan and gathered a larger set of affiliates around the world.
By William M. Arkin | July 18, 2007; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (59)
In the you-are-either-with-us-or-against-us paradigm, the Bush administration has always had a difficult time dealing with Pakistan, a country that just happens to be both with us and against us. In testimony before the Senate yesterday, the new Director of National...
By William M. Arkin | February 28, 2007; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (185)