Thursday, June 03, 2010

After Iraq and Afghanistan, America is eyeing for the Pakistani blood

United States force totals in Afghanistan now exceed those in Iraq for the first time since early 2003.
Iraq is of course still complex, but mostly in regard to the political situation, not the military one. Despite incidents like the coordinated bombings last month that killed more than 100 Iraqis around the country, security trends are improving even as United States forces accelerate their drawdown.

In Pakistan, the army continues its “silent surge,” having moved more than 100,000 troops from the eastern border with India to the western tribal regions over the last few years. Pakistan has largely cleared several key areas of “miscreants,” as its officials like to describe extremists and insurgents.

From Ian Livingston, Heather Messera, Amy Unikewicz and Michael E. O'Hanlon's analysis in The New York Times. More Here.
Michael E. O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Ian Livingston and Heather Messera are researchers at Brookings. Chart by Amy Unikewicz of JellyFever Graphic Design in South Norwalk, Conn.

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