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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.