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NATIONAL
May 20, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
A major CIA effort launched last year to hunt down Osama bin Laden has produced no significant leads on his whereabouts, but has helped track an alarming increase in the movement of Al Qaeda operatives and money into Pakistan's tribal territories, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the operation. In one of the most troubling trends, U.S.
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NATIONAL
February 15, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - While a national debate has erupted over the Obama administration's lethal drone strikes overseas, federal authorities have stepped up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement and other uses in U.S. airspace, spurring growing concern about violations of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it had issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007, far more than were previously known. Some 327 permits are still listed as active.
NEWS
December 17, 1986 | From Reuters
A moderate earthquake shook parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan today, registering 5.3 on the Richter scale at its epicenter north of Kabul.
OPINION
May 3, 2009 | DOYLE McMANUS
David Kilcullen is no soft-headed peacenik. He's a beefy, 41-year-old former Australian army officer who served in Iraq as a top advisor to U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus. He's one of the counter-insurgency warrior/theorists who designed Petraeus' successful "surge" of troops into the streets of Baghdad. But a few days ago, when a congressman asked Kilcullen what the U.S. government should do in Pakistan, the Australian guerrilla fighter sounded like an antiwar protester.
WORLD
March 21, 2006 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
U.S. intelligence officials, already focused on Iran's potential for building nuclear weapons, are struggling to solve a more immediate mystery: the murky relationship between the new Tehran leadership and the contingent of Al Qaeda leaders residing in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2009
Stones Into Schools Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan Greg Mortenson Viking: 420 pp., $26.95
NATIONAL
January 4, 2010 | By Paul Richter
President Obama's ambitious plan to begin phasing out nuclear weapons has run up against powerful resistance from officials in the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, posing a threat to one of his most important foreign policy initiatives. Obama laid out his vision of a nuclear-free world in a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, last April, pledging that the U.S. would take dramatic steps to lead the way. Nine months later, the administration is locked in internal debate over a top-secret policy blueprint for shrinking the U.S. nuclear arsenal and reducing the role of such weapons in America's military strategy and foreign policy.
NEWS
December 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, said he has applied for asylum out of fear of persecution in Afghanistan. Pakistan has not yet responded to the application, submitted two weeks ago, Zaeef told Associated Press. "I'll go back to Afghanistan when the situation improves, but it is dangerous for me to go there now," he said. No immediate comment was available from Pakistan, which has said it provided a reasonable time for Zaeef and his staff to pack up and leave.
NEWS
June 23, 1986 | From Reuters
A bomb exploded Sunday outside a police station in a busy commercial area in Peshawar, injuring 21 people--16 seriously, police said. Police said another bomb exploded Saturday outside another Peshawar police station, but no one was hurt. Peshawar is the capital of Pakistan's North-West Frontier province, which borders Afghanistan. Pakistan, a supporter of Muslim guerrillas fighting Soviet-backed Afghan government troops, has blamed Afghan secret agents for other blasts in recent months.
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