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3-29-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

Pakistan

Other stories:

Suicide bomber kills one in north-west (Associated Press)
Pakistani court maintains curbs on A. Q. Khan (Associated Press)

  • Also: Lahore High Court declares Khan a free man (Dawn)

Mullah Omar appoints two new deputies in Baradar’s place (The News)
For Pakistan Taliban, critics on home front include mothers
(Christian Science Monitor)
IMF tranche of $1.2 billion may be delayed
(The News)

  • Also: Differences over VAT jeopardize IMF plan (Dawn)

Supreme Court issues notices to FIA, Interior Secretary (Dawn)
Kabul’s move for Taliban talks upsets U.S. (Dawn)
Gilani trying to break deadlock with PML-N (Dawn)
$1 billion petroleum scam lands in federal cabinet (The News)
Endgame for Afghanistan and implications for Pakistan (The News)
Rangers to replace Frontier Constabulary for Diplomatic Enclave security (The News)

Editorials:
Judicial commission (Dawn)
The Competition ordinance (Dawn)
Laws to protect children (Dawn)
The lion’s meek roar (Daily Times)
Afghanistan

Other stories:
After week of wins, Obama turns to Afghanistan (Associated Press)

  • Also: Secrecy, surprise: Anatomy of Obama’s trip (Reuters)
  • Also: Transcript of the President’s remarks (The White House)
  • Also: Transcript from Obama-Karzai meeting (Fox News)
  • Also: Obama’s surprise trip (Politico)

Afghan corruption: how to follow the money? (Washington Post)
Karzai talks to the enemy but is the U.S. on board? (Time)
14 injured in NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan
(Associated Press)
Pentagon puts pressure on Karzai over corruption (Reuters)
Leaked CIA report calls for recruiting Afghan women for PR campaign (AFP)

  • Also: Red Cell Report: “Sustaining West European Support for the NATO Mission” (CIA)

NATO to put Afghan troops in front line for new southern push (Times of London)
Corruption in Afghan government is headache for White House (Times of London)
Medical care of troops could suffer if casualties rise (Times of London)
British forces to be replaced by U.S. Marines in Helmand (Telegraph)

Editorials:
Who’s winning this war? by Bruce Riedel (Daily Beast)

India

Other stories:
Gujarat leader grilled at massacre inquiry (Guardian)
Fear of more terror attacks drives demand for sniffer dogs (Washington Post)
A small cheer for India’s banks (Wall Street Journal)
Survey shows 31% of Muslims in India below poverty line (Daily Times)

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3-10-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 28, 2010 at 9:08 am
Pakistan
Other stories:
U.S. doubts Islamabad’s will to pursue militants (Financial Times)
Karzai arrives in Pakistan for security talks (Wall Street Journal)
ISI chief Pasha gets extended term (ABC News)
Aid group World Vision attacked in Pakistan (Associated Press)
Upset by U.S. security, Pakistanis return as heroes (New York Times)
Pakistani and Indian fishermen are pawns in dispute (Los Angeles Times)
Top Pakistan cricket players banned from national team (Christian Science Monitor)
Drone strikes in tribal areas boost Taliban support (Times of London)
Pakistan, U.S. agree on new Afghan set up (The News)
Pakistan outlaws workplace harassment of women (AFP)
  • Also: Zardari signs bill making harassment a crime (Dawn)
UK announces 60 million pounds in aid for FATA, NWFP (Daily Times)
Judges get raise in salary (Dawn)
Gilani says economy may improve by year’s end (Dawn)
Zardari hopes constitutional reforms will be finalized soon (Daily Times)
Editorials:
Bridging the U.S.-Pakistan gap (Dawn)
Our terrorism travails (Daily Times)
The non-intellectual elite by Siddique Humayun (Dawn)
Nuclear status and security by Shamshad Ahmad (The News)
Afghanistan
Other stories:
Iran and U.S. trade barbs in Kabul (New York Times)
Gates tours southern city that symbolizes progress (Washington Post)
Miliband urges push for Afghan peace deal (Reuters)
  • Also: UK seeks Afghan political drive (BBC News)
  • Also: Britain urges Karzai to start talks (Guardian)
Hollywood style sets help prepare soldiers for war (Wall Street Journal)
Our man in Kabul: the warlord who wants to be our friend (The New Republic)
U.S. European Command says NATO falling short on Afghan training (AFP)
Editorials:
Making war and peace in Afghanistan by Ahmed Rashid (BBC News)
New rules of engagement don’t pit civilians vs. soldiers by Sarah Holewinski & James Morin (Christian Science Monitor)
NATO renewal requires European courage in Afghanistan by David Abshire (Christian Science Monitor)
Death by a thousand cuts (Times of London)
Gates’s visit was about hearts and minds at home by Brian Katulis (Foreign Policy)
India
Other stories:
Uproar in India over female lawmaker quota (New York Times)
  • Also: Congress party faces turmoil over womens’ bill (Reuters)
  • Also: Upper house passes bill reserving a third of seats (Washington Post)
Climate goal is supported by India and China (New York Times)
India’s micro-finance industry to share data (Wall Street Journal)
India’s tribes in land fight with business (Financial Times)
Editorials:
India, women and democracy (Wall Street Journal)
Debasing India’s democracy by Barun Mitra (Wall Street Journal)
India’s unequal poiltical landscape by Suhasini Sakhare (Guardian)
What Indian acquirers want by Anil Kumar (Wall Street Journal)
The ship that ran around Goa by Bharat Joshi (Wall Street Journal)

3-26-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 26, 2010 at 9:22 am
Pakistan

Top stories:
Pakistan boosts troops on Indian border (Financial Times)
Pakistan’s game of high stakes (Financial Times)
U.S. and Pakistan agree to reinforce strategic ties (New York Times)
  • Also: Policy steering group set up for further talks (Dawn)
  • Also: Opposition, government not on same page over U.S. talks (Dawn)
  • Also: U.S. to work for enhanced market access to Pakistan products (The News)
  • Also: Qureshi satisfied with talks on nuclear cooperation (The News)
  • Also: Pakistan says giving it drones would change U.S. image (AFP)

Other stories:
Five Pakistani security officials killed in clash (New York Times)
  • Also: Clash in Orakzai kills militants and troops (BBC News)
UN welcomes Pakistan’s move on Afghan refugees (BBC News)
U.S. legal adviser says drone strikes are justified (NPR)
Kayani says Army ready to forgo hardware requests (Dawn)
Nawaz about-face stalls constitutional reform (Dawn)
No U.S. pressure over gas pipeline project (Dawn)
Editorials:
Give Pakistan a nuclear deal by Nadir Hassan (Foreign Policy)
The U.S. & Pakistan: it’s all talk by Huma Imtiaz (Foreign Policy)
Turning a new page by Ayesha Siddiqa (Dawn)
Power, promise and people (The News)
Afghanistan
Other stories:
Tighter rules fail to stem Afghan deaths at checkpoints (New York Times)
Pentagon revamps Afghan troop deployments (Wall Street Journal)
Afghan rebels discuss peace talks as U.S. pulls back (Wall Street Journal)
Uzbek-Tajik dispute hinders Afghanistan supplies (Associated Press)
Gunman attacks aid project, kills one (Associated Press)
Royal Marine guilty of attacking Afghan prisoner (BBC News)
NATO axes Afghan junk food joints at bases (BBC News)
  • Also: Commander gives order to close TGI Friday’s (McClatchy)
U.S. forces pin hopes on new Afghan civil police (McClatchy)
Editorials:
Afghan marksmen: forget the fables by C. J. Chivers (New York Times)
Is it time to cut a deal? by Robert Haddick (Foreign Policy)
India
Other stories:
Foreign universities study India opening (Wall Street Journal)
Terror suspect Headley traveled unimpeded (New York Times)
Access to Mumbai terrorist creates U.S.-India rift (Washington Post)
India falls short of China’s Olympic glory (Financial Times)
Indian politician accused of provoking mosque riot (BBC News)
Mumbai streetsweepers look for gold (Christian Science Monitor)

1-25-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 25, 2010 at 11:43 am
Pakistan
Pakistan’s rebuff over new offensive rankles U.S. (New York Times)
Pakistan government, military wary of U.S. overtures (Washington Post)
U.S. struggles to convey “common enemy” message (Financial Times)
On the trail of the Taliban in Quetta (BBC News)
Supreme Court not satisfied with Malik’s explanations (Dawn)
PML-N divided over judges issue (Daily Times)
Gilani says no clash between national institutions (The News)
Zardari’s eligibility challenged through election commission (The News)
Economic shocks in store for Pakistan (The News)
Editorials:
Robert Gates makes himself heard by Toby Harnden (Telegraph)
A basic right (Dawn)
Anti-democratic (Dawn)
Tipping point (The News)
India, Pakistan lack the intelligence to win peace by Jawed Naqvi (Dawn)
A role for China by Huma Yusuf (Dawn)
National interests and diplomacy by Shahid Amin (Dawn)

Afghanistan
McChrystal sees eventual Taliban peace deal (Reuters)
Race against time for NATO strategy (Financial Times)
Rocket hits Kandahar Air Field (Associated Press)
Afghans may need more than four months to prepare elections (Christian Science Monitor)
Afghan, Pakistan presidents meet in Istanbul (AFP)
British troops face five more years in Helmand (Times of London)
Transcript of Petraeus interview (Times of London)
Swedish diplomat reportedly accepts UN post (Politico)
Editorials:
In from the cold? (New York Times)
The key to Yemen and Afghanistan by Hendrik Woods (Guardian)
Realism replaces idealism (The Independent)
India
Mumbai gunman demands trial by international court (Associated Press)
How India’s aviation industry is soaring (BBC News)
Editorials:
Sixty years of change in India by Craig Jeffrey (Guardian)

3-25-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 25, 2010 at 9:18 am
Pakistan

Top stories:
Pakistan is “satisfied” with U.S. pledges on aid delivery (Washington Post)
  • Also: U.S. praises Pakistan’s antiterrorism efforts (Wall Street Journal)
  • Also: U.S. boosts strategic ties with Pakistan (Financial Times)
  • Also: Distrust lingers over U.S.-Pakistan relations (McClatchy)
  • Also: Sec. Clinton and For. Min. Qureshi remarks (State Department)
  • Also: Gilani says nation will be briefed on dialogue (Dawn)
  • Also: U.S. to provide $125m for energy, power (Dawn)
  • Also: U.S. to speed up arms supply (The News)

Other stories:

Bin Laden warns U.S. over fate of al Qaeda figure (Associated Press)
Pakistani airstrikes kill over 60 militants near Afghan border (Associated Press)
Pakistan faces tough task rejuvenating Swat (Reuters)
Pakistan holds two suspects in British boy’s abduction (Associated Press)
  • Also: Kidnapping suspects are held in Pakistan (BBC News)
Landslide threatens massive floods in Pakistan (Reuters)
JUI rides to government’s rescue over strategic dialogue in NA (Daily Times)
Norwegian government reviews Pakistan aid (Daily Times)
NAB prosecutor quits, exposes PPP pressure (The News)
Gilani blocks scanners deal with China (The News)
Editorials:
Pakistan, rebranded by Imaduddin Ahmed & Kapil Komireddi (Boston Globe)
Pakistan’s shrewd shift in dialogue by Daniel Markey (CFR)
Holding Pakistan by Haider Mullick (Foreign Affairs)
The Pak-U.S. strategic dialogue (Daily Times)
Judicial reform in Swat (Dawn)
More inflation (Dawn)
Reports:
Baradar, Pakistan, & the Afghan Taliban: What gives? by Ashley Tellis (Carnegie Endowment)
Afghanistan
Other stories:
UN chief in Afghanistan meets with Hekmatyar delegation (Associated Press)
After arrests, Taliban promote a fighter (New York Times)
China says it agrees with Afghanistan on politics (Associated Press)
Afghan bride’s defiance leads to death (Los Angeles Times)
UK soldiers relive Afghan shooting (BBC News)
Has health care blocked an Afghan police inquiry? (Newsweek)
Lt. Gen. Barno under investigation for mismanagement (Foreign Policy)
Exasperated Marines say Afghan soldiers are below standard (McClatchy)
UN calls for Afghan amnesty law to be repealed (AFP)
Afghan election body announces reshuffle (AFP)
U.S. works to win support of poppy farmers (USA Today)
U.S. plays down hopes for Afghan reconciliation (The News)
India
Other stories:
India likely to liberalize cross-Kashmir trade (Daily Times)
Editorials:
Delhi lacks all credibility on inflation by David Roche (Wall Street Journal)

1-24-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

Pakistan
Gates sees fallout from troubled ties with Pakistan (New York Times)
Bin Laden vows more attacks on U.S.
(Associated Press)
Talks with Taliban loom over Pakistani-Afghan summit (Reuters)
Taliban kill seven in Pakistan for being U.S. spies (Reuters)
Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Pakistan (Associated Press)

  • Also: Drone crashes in North Waziristan (Dawn)

Countdown to the post-Zardari era begins (Economist)
The quest for a plan to cope with drought (Dawn)
Gilani may be best hope for stability (Dawn)
Blast in Khyber kills one, wounds two (Dawn)
Sugar is key concern in Lahore (Dawn)
Taliban blow up girls’ school in Peshawar (Daily Times)
Turkey to provide Cobra helicopter parts (Daily Times)

Editorials:
Lahore airport security (Dawn)
Pakistan’s water woes (Dawn)
The future of democracy (Daily Times)
The rule of law and civil service by Kunwar Idris (Dawn)
The unholy law by Mansoor Raza (Dawn)

Afghanistan
Afghanistan postpones parliamentary elections (New York Times)


Other stories:
UN seeks to drop some Taliban from terror list
(New York Times)
The Taliban doesn’t seem ready to talk (New York Times)
Foot on bomb, Marine defies a Taliban trap (New York Times)
Al Qaeda-linked suspects arrested for Kabul attack (Associated Press)
London draft sees 2011 start to Afghan handover (Reuters)
Bombs and baksheesh (Economist)
Petraeus says Afghanistan to take longer than Iraq (Times of London)
Real successes may only come with Taliban at the table (Times of London)

Editorials:
Kabuki in Kabul by Jean MacKenzie (Foreign Policy)
No more friendly fire by Patrick Hennessey (Daily Beast)

India
At festival in India, books are the buzz (New York Times)

  • Also: In Jaipur, Indian book market comes into its own (Time)

India launches Maoist offensive in five states (BBC News)
India and Haiti: different responses to different quakes (Time)
LeT planning “paraglider attacks” in India (Times of London)

Editorials:
Notes from Jaipur by Steve Coll (The New Yorker)

3-24-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 24, 2010 at 8:51 am
Pakistan

Top stories:
In U.S.-Pakistan meetings, chance to move past trust deficit (Washington Post)
  • Also: U.S., Pakistan seek to turn page on caustic ties (Reuters)
  • Also: U.S. and Pakistan seek to improve ties (BBC News)
  • Also: Pakistan presents wish list to U.S. (Al Jazeera)
  • Also: Clinton says “new day” has begun for U.S.-Pak ties (Dawn)
  • Also: Pakistan brings specific requests (Dawn)
  • Also: Wish list includes drones, helicopters, energy (Daily Times)

Other stories:
Senators pour cold water on Pakistani nuclear hopes (Foreign Policy)
  • Also: U.S. noncommittal on Pakistan’s nuclear desires (Associated Press)
  • Also: U.S. will consider Pak nuclear deal (The News)
Pakistan judge delays ruling on A. Q. Khan (Associated Press)
Swat pins hopes on community police force (Reuters)
Pakistani security forces kill 14 militants in north-west (Associated Press)
U.S. to engage with India and Pakistan on water dispute (The News)
95% of DFID grant to be spent only on consultancy (Daily Times)
Editorials:
The Pakistan complex (Washington Post)
Pakistan’s war of choice by Michael O’Hanlon (New York Times)
Should Pakistan get a nuclear deal? by Christine Fair (Foreign Policy)
Pakistan needs a friendly Afghanistan by Robert Grenier (Al Jazeera)
Strategic dialogue and the Pashtun by Zubair Torwali (Daily Times)
Substance please by Shamshad Ahmad (The News)
Strategic edge (The News)
Building parliament (Dawn)
Karzai’s peace efforts (Daily Times)
Afghanistan

Other stories:
Insurgent faction presents Afghan peace plan (New York Times)
Fighting the Taliban with cellphones (New York Times)
Afghanistan, China sign economic agreements (Associated Press)
  • Also: Karzai in China to discuss trade (BBC News)
UN rights chief laments Afghan civilian toll (Associated Press)
With war and neglect, Afghans face water shortage (Reuters)
Two NATO service members killed in south (Associated Press)
Cell carriers bow to Taliban threat (Wall Street Journal)
Taliban seize home village of Governor of Musa Qala (Times of London)
Afghan judo boys have a lot to prove (Los Angeles Times)
Interview with Gen. McChrystal (Telegraph)
Editorials:
Prosecuting Taliban war criminals by Candace Rondeaux & Nick Grono (International Herald Tribune)
Caution lights for the military’s information war by David Ignatius (Washington Post)
Afghanistan’s troop killers by Jessica Stone (Daily Beast)
Keep Guantanamo away from Afghanistan by Sahr Muhammedally (Foreign Policy)
India

Other stories:
Indian students wield tests for college spots (New York Times)
Singh says infrastructure spending needs to double (Wall Street Journal)
Pollution fine sought against Coca-Cola (New York Times)
China suspends India power projects (Financial Times)
Editorials:
India’s pirates of microfinance by Sarika Bansal (Guardian)

3-23-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 23, 2010 at 10:11 am
Pakistan
Top stories:
U.S. sees hope in Pakistan’s requests for help (Wall Street Journal)
Parliament expected to approve curbs on Zardari’s powers (Washington Post)
Other stories:
Pakistan asks court to reopen A. Q. Khan probe (Washington Post)
Pakistan seeks access to western markets (Financial Times)
Gen. Kayani begins U.S. strategic dialogue (BBC News)
  • Also: Qureshi & Kayani meet U.S. officials (Dawn)
  • Also: Kayani, Petraeus reaffirm strategic partnership (Daily Times)
  • Also: Strategic dialogue to take up economic agenda (Daily Times)
Pakistan police foil plot on hotels, diplomats (Associated Press)
Jordan’s ambassador to Pakistan targeted by plot (Associated Press)
Swat promises justice to fight Taliban (Reuters)
How Pakistani help gets in Karzai’s way (Time)
Divorce deals cruel blow to Pakistani women (Los Angeles Times)
Senate passes anti-money laundering bill (Daily Times)
Editorials:
Energy crisis (Dawn)
Electricity woes (Daily Times)
Troubled Balochistan (Dawn)
Bad publicity for the police (Dawn)
Why parties need change by Maleeha Lodhi (The News)
Afghanistan

Other stories:
Afghan election body is set for major overhaul (Reuters)
Afghan Taliban name new deputy leaders (BBC News)
The gang that couldn’t shoot straight (Afghan Nat’l Police) (Newsweek)
Taliban spokesman claims no involvement in peace talks (Reuters)
At least 35 die in Afghan avalanche (Associated Press)
Helicopter mishap injures occupants (Associated Press)
U.S. air support troops learn to hold back (Los Angeles Times)
In Marja, the battle for power now begins (Christian Science Monitor)
Editorials:
Five steps to making a deal with the Taliban by Chris Bowlby (BBC News)
India

Other stories:
Is India-China conflict inevitable? (Time)
India’s woes reflected in bid to restart old plant (New York Times)
Indian military to weaponize world’s hottest chili (Associated Press)
Maoists bomb railway, derail high-speed train (Reuters)
Editorials:
America’s India envoy needs to run permanent campaign by Paul Beckett (Wall Street Journal)

3-22-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on March 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

Pakistan

Other stories:
Pakistan to investigate A. Q. Khan’s ties to Iran (New York Times)

  • Also: Pakistan to probe nuclear secrets (Reuters)

Gen. Kayani driving Pakistan’s agenda for talks (New York Times)
Pakistan ready to introduce constitutional reforms (Telegraph)
Pak-U.S. dialogue touted as “intensification” of partnership (Daily Times)

  • Also: Gilani says vital decisions to follow talks (The News)

Pakistan to seek U.S. funding for energy projects (The News)
In Swat, Taliban instill fear after defeat (Reuters)

  • Also: Doubts linger over army’s resolve in Swat (Dawn)

Drone raid in N. Waziristan kills five (BBC News)
Authorities curtail Lahore festival (Washington Post)
Roadside bomb in Quetta kills one (Associated Press)
Boy’s ordeal exposes growth of kidnap trade (Times of London)
Gilani says Pakistan backs Afghan reconciliation (Daily Times)
Pakistan to give India rail access to Central Asia (Daily Times)
Iran vexed by Pakistan’s inaction over power offer (Dawn)

Editorials:
A high-risk game (Daily Times)
Campus intimidation (Dawn)
Strategic sense by Shahzad Chaudhry (Daily Times)
Strategic dialogue is a good beginning by Talat Masood (The News)
The dialogue delusion by Khalid Iqbal (The News)

Afghanistan

Top stories:
Karzai meets Afghan insurgent delegation (New York Times)

Other stories:
Beijing-bound Karzai seeks China’s help in peace push
(Reuters)
Thirteen civilians slain amid calls for peace talks (Washington Post)
Indians in Kabul nervous after attacks (BBC News)
Camp Pendleton troops deploy to Afghanistan (Los Angeles Times)
U.S. may expand use of its prison in Afghanistan (Los Angeles Times)

Marines’ role an issue in Afghan campaign (Washington Post)

Editorials:
Six weeks in Helmand by C. J. Chivers (New York Times)
Iran is desperate for NATO to fail in Afghanistan by Con Coughlin (Telegraph)

India

Other stories:

Indian food prices remain high (Wall Street Journal)
India tests new version of cruise missile (The News)

Editorials:
India’s economic miracle loses its shine by Derek Scissors (Wall Street Journal)
Not the next Gandhi by Swapan Dasgupta (Wall Street Journal)

3/21/10 PakistanPulse

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Pakistan

Top stories:

Eide says Taliban arrests have halted early talks (New York Times)

  • Also: Envoy accuses Pakistan of undermining talks (Wall Street Journal)
  • Also: Arrests stopped secret communication channel (BBC News)
  • Also: Galbraith says Eide “greatly exaggerating” Taliban talks (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:

Pakistan’s tickets to the Afghan endgame
(Economist)

Under Panetta, a more aggressive CIA
(Washington Post)

Pakistan’s poverty pushes its children to work
(Associated Press)

Pakistan tribal council says army must destroy Taliban (Associated Press)

Pakistani Taliban kill four, calling them U.S. spies (Associated Press)

Pakistan seeks U.S. civilian nuclear aid; deal unlikely (McClatchy)

  • Also: Pakistan will get fair hearing on nuclear request (The News)

Gilani says U.S. dialogue will yield concrete results (Daily Times)

Naval cooperation will improve Pak-U.S. ties (Daily Times)

Inside the constitutional package (The News)

Gilani wants UK support for Pak access to EU markets (The News)

Judicial commission being set up for missing persons (Daily Times)

Three TTP members arrested from Karachi (Daily Times)

TTP bomb factory seized in Karachi (Daily Times)

Gilani calls for support of international community (Dawn)

ANP & MQM record dissent on provincial autonomy (Dawn)

Malik orders cancellation of illegal arms licenses (Daily Times)

Ex-ISI official claims he arranged Nawaz-Osama meetings (Daily Times)

Editorials:

Pakistan to America: what have you done for us lately? by Arif Rafiq (Foreign Policy)

Spotlight on North Waziristan by Katherine Tiedemann (Foreign Policy)

Talks with the Taliban (Dawn)

Covering up anarchy (Daily Times)

Mixed signals by Huma Yusuf (Dawn)

Dilemmas of counterterrorism by Hasan-Askari Rizvi (Daily Times)

Afghanistan

Other stories:

U.S. turns blind eye to opium in Marja (New York Times)

Taliban adjust, wage bomb attacks in Marja (Associated Press)

Taliban make comeback in Kunduz as war spreads north (Washington Post)

Afghan bombs grow, forcing troops to adapt (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. frees detainees, but Afghans’ anger persists (New York Times)

Ahmed Wali Karzai, U.S. stumbling block in Kandahar (Time)

After 8 years and $6 billion, Afghan police training still a mess (Newsweek)

Iranians train Taliban to use roadside bombs (Times of London)

Afghan bomb attacks kill at least 12 civilians (Reuters)

Bomber attacks Afghan Army patrol (Associated Press)

Iraq & Afghanistan, America’s invisible wars (Christian Science Monitor)

Editorials:

Lessons from the Soviet war by Edward Girardet (Christian Science Monitor)

Could Helmand be the Dubai of Afghanistan? by Jean MacKenzie (Foreign Policy)

A new command structure in Afghanistan by Michael Innes (Foreign Policy)

A trek through the Wakhan corridor by Nick Horne (Foreign Policy)

India

Other stories:

India to get access to Headley, but no extradition (Associated Press)

Indian cabinet approves tougher hijacking law (Wall Street Journal)

Explosive material found on Indian plane
(Associated Press)

India tests new version of cruise missile (Associated Press)

Central bank in India raises interest rates (Bloomberg)

U.S. and Indian filmmakers unite against piracy (BBC News)

West Bengal pays with blood for a steel plant (Guardian)

India criticizes U.S. export controls (McClatchy)