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.
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.
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 death of Osama bin Laden prompted immediate calls from U.S. lawmakers to re-evaluate the relationship with Pakistan, where the al-Qaeda leader was found and killed less than 35 miles from the capital, Islamabad.
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.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will file a review appeal against today’s contempt of court conviction and parliament’s speaker will decide whether he stays in office while that challenge is heard, his lawyer said.
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.