U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Brussels today for consultations with NATO partners on funding for Afghanistan, the threat to Turkey from Syria’s civil war and instability across the Middle East and North Africa.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed retired diplomat Marc Grossman to replace Richard Holbrooke , the special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan who died in December, according to state department officials.
For the U.S. and its NATO allies, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been a frustrating friend. His calling for the withdrawal of the foreign troops that are fighting to preserve his government and saying on one occasion that he might join the Taliban are indefensible.
The Obama administration would cross a “dangerous line” with its plan to facilitate peace talks with the Afghan Taliban by transferring five prisoners from U.S. military detention, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said.
The U.S. decision to strike alone in killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani hideout underscores American concerns over the decades-old links between the Pakistani military and Islamic militants.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan to deliver a U.S. warning that the nation will pay “a very big price” if it fails to move against the Islamic militants staging cross-border attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers are urging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate a militant group behind attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan as a “foreign terrorist organization,” an action which might further strain U.S. relations with Pakistan.
The U.S. military’s decision not to discipline any service members for a Nov. 25 air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers comes at an important moment in the troubled relationship between the two nations.