Can NATO Hold Off the Taliban in Afghanistan?
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In Afghanistan, the resurgent Taliban have learned new tactics from Iraqi insurgents. One thousand new troops from Poland won’t increase NATO forces until next year. What's happened to the democracy established after the US invasion? Is Pakistan helping or hurting the western powers? Plus, Colin Powell on the President's interrogation plan for suspected terrorists, and UN inspectors on the attack over a Congressional report on Iran's nuclear development.
Colin Powell Speaks Out against Bush Interrogation Plan ()
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says "the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism." In a letter, he urges Congress not to pass a measure endorsing harsh interrogations of terrorist suspects. The bill, which President Bush lobbied for today on Capitol Hill, would narrow US interpretation of the Geneva Conventions. Michael Hirsh is following the story for Newsweek magazine.
Can NATO Hold Off the Taliban in Afghanistan? ()
Poland will send another 1,000 soldiers to Afghanistan, where NATO commanders have asked for more troops to face the Taliban's brutal resurgence. But, while the need on the ground is immediate, the Polish soldiers won't arrive until February of next year. While there is there's no evidence yet of any "direct link" between the Taliban and the insurgency in Iraq, in addition to suicide bombers and IED's, Afghanistan is seeing assassinations of government officials and other civilians as well as increased used of guerilla tactics. What's happened to the democracy established after the US invasion? Has a lack of follow-up by the western powers shattered Afghan expectations? What's the role of Pakistan?
- Mark Laity: Spokesman, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Scott Peterson: Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor, @peterson__scott
- Ahmed Rashid: Reporter, Far Eastern Economic Review
- Aziz Qarghah: Director, Afghan Health and Development Services
IAEA Outraged at House Committee Report on Iran's Nuclear Capabilities ()
The International Atomic Energy Agency says a congressional committee report on Iran's nuclear development is not just "incorrect," but "outrageous and dishonest." The report, released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, says Iran's nuclear capabilities are more advanced than revealed by either US intelligence or IAEA. The IAEA responded with an angry letter listing five major factual errors, a story broken by Dafna Linzer in today's Washington Post.
- Dafna Linzer: National Security Reporter, Washington Post
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