FROM Saeed Shah
Taliban Attack on Pakistan School Leaves More than 140 Dead The Taliban has claimed responsibility the assassination of at least 141 people at a school run by the military in Pakistan's Northwest frontier. Secretary of State John Kerry decried the atrocity , "The images are absolutely gut-wrenching – young children, carried away in ambulances, a teacher burned alive, in front of her students. A house of learning turned into a house of unspeakable horror. Prime Minister Sharif said, ‘These are my children, this is my loss.' Well this morning, wherever you are, wherever you live, those are our children." Saeed Shah, Pakistan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal , joins us from Islamabad.
US Unveils Large Aid Package to Win Pakistani Hearts Secretary of State Clinton today unveiled a massive new aid package designed to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, before moving on to Afghanistan for the largest international conference in that country in more than three decades. The Bush Administration funneled enormous amounts of aid to Pakistan when the military was running that country. That focus was the cause of resentment, which the Obama Administration has vowed to overcome. Saeed Shah is special correspondent in Islamabad for the McClatchy Newspapers .
NATO and Afghan Forces Go on Offensive in Helmand Province A joint NATO-Afghan military operation appears to be succeeding in pushing Taliban fighters from their strongholds in Helmand Province bringing the areas back under Afghan government control. But the operation suffered a setback on Sunday when rockets fired by coalition troops killed 12 civilians. Saeed Shah is in Kabul for McClatchy Newspapers .
Afghanistan, Pakistan and American Security With the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan at his side, President Obama today promised increased military and civilian aid to both countries. But do Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari still have the confidence of their own people -- or the Obama administration? What about Pakistan's nuclear weapons?
Afghanistan, Pakistan and American Security Two years ago, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai refused to shake hands with General Pervez Musharaff. At the White House today, two beleaguered presidents signed a trade agreement while looking over their shoulders at troubles back home. In Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari's peace deal with the Taliban has unraveled and 500,000 people are on the run. In Afghanistan, Karzai faces an upcoming election as civilian casualties mount from efforts to hold back Taliban forces there. Does either leader still have the confidence of his own people — or the Obama administration? What about Pakistan's nuclear weapons?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.