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August 22, 1999 | EDWARD WRIGHT, Edward Wright is a former assistant foreign editor at The Times. His column appears monthly
South Asia The downing of a Pakistani military aircraft by India on Aug. 10 further raised the temperature on the simmering subcontinent. Other developments of interest to travelers: Pakistan: Growing evidence indicates that "extremists based in Afghanistan are preparing to attack U.S. interests in Pakistan in the near future," the State Department announced while renewing its long-standing travel warning on Pakistan.
July 13, 2011
A decision by the United States to suspend $800 million in military aid to Pakistan is both understandable and regrettable. Understandable because this country clearly feels the need to respond to provocations unworthy of an ally, but regrettable because the suspension could have the effect of increasing anti-Americanism in Pakistan and complicating joint efforts to fight terrorism. In discussing the cutoff, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said that Pakistanis "have taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we were giving to their military.
January 8, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The State Department today urged Americans who don't have pressing business in Pakistan to leave the country due to "unsettled conditions" resulting from the Persian Gulf crisis. The department urged Americans planning to visit Pakistan to put off their travel if they can. It said Americans already in the country, including non-essential U.S. government personnel and their families, should leave.
The first time he saw the Khyber Pass leading into Afghanistan, he was a frightened 11-year-old refugee from Pakistan. The next time he saw those sheer rock walls--31 years later--he was a seasoned U.S. Marine Corps officer engaged in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Of all the untold tales of the U.S. war against terrorism, one of the most remarkable is about a ramrod-straight Marine lieutenant colonel named Asad Khan.
July 30, 1995 | EDWARD WRIGHT, Wright is a former assistant foreign editor at The Times. His column appears monthly.
Asia India: Kashmiri separatists have been holding an American and four other foreign tourists who were seized earlier this month while on a trekking vacation in the Himalaya Mountains of northern India. In addition to the American, identified by wire services as Donald Hutchings of Spokane, Wash., the militants also hold two Britons, a German and a Norwegian. At press time Wednesday, the rebels were threatening to kill the hostages unless certain demands are met.
November 5, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf seemed to be one of the Bush administration's most valuable foreign friends after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he denounced Al Qaeda and the Taliban and joined the U.S.-declared war on terrorism. But the value of that friendship has come into question again and again in the last six years, and may be most in doubt today.
May 13, 2005 | Bernard-Henri Levy
Let's recap: The Pakistani special forces squad arrested Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Al Qaeda's third in command, on March 1, 2003, a few hours before informing the Americans that Pakistan would not back a resolution in favor of the war in Iraq. They arrested Yasser Jazeeri, another key Al Qaeda operative, in March 2003, a few months before Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visited Camp David, where he was promised foreign aid to the unprecedented tune of $3 billion.
One American here is taking the next flight out. Another moved out of his house to a safer hotel. Another, who wants to stay, changed the route he drives to the office. At the American Club, the center of social life for the 2,400 U.S. expatriates living in Karachi, a paper sign tacked to the door summed up the mood: "Closed until further notice." A day after four Americans were slain here, the once-lively American community has closed itself off from its adopted home.
When his son came into the world in November, Ghani Jan said he knew in an instant who his namesake would be. "I named him Osama, for Osama bin Laden," Jan, a soft-spoken clerk in the city's electricity department, said as he cradled his smiling son. "Osama bin Laden is such a good person. Everybody likes the name." Bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa last year, is a folk hero to the villagers of Pakistan's untamed northwest frontier.
July 23, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella And Josh Meyer
An American Muslim convert from Long Island, N.Y., who was captured while fighting for Al Qaeda in Pakistan is now cooperating with authorities, opening a rare window into the world of Western militants in the network's hide-outs, U.S. and European anti-terrorism officials said. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is one of the few Americans known to have made the trek to Al Qaeda's secret Pakistani compounds, the officials said.
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