The daring assault that killed Osama bin Laden last week has been seen by many as a vindication of the tactic of "targeted killing," which Gen. David Petraeus has utilized at an unprecedented level in Afghanistan.U.S. military sources say the tactic has turned back the Taliban's momentum.
It didn't take long for some on Capitol Hill to point to the successful operation to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as evidence that the U.S. could be winning the war in Afghanistan with fewer troops on the ground."
In the aftermath of the raid in a Pakistani garrison town that killed Osama bin Laden, Congress' anger toward Pakistan is growing. Some lawmakers want to suspend U.S. aid to Pakistan.But American military commanders are concerned about the potential impact on the war in Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan will not change the alliance's mission in Afghanistan.Rasmussen tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that bin Laden's death is "a major blow to international
For Bravo Company at Combat Outpost Charkh in Afghanistan, the insurgent attacks have become like clockwork."They attack right at nightfall, 15 minutes before dark," says Sgt. Jonathan Ray, sitting in the dirt on a rooftop bunker in the middle of the bazaar in Charkh village.
The death of Osama bin Laden is not likely to alter the basics of American foreign policy, but it may well provide added leverage for U.S. counterterrorism efforts — and it's certain to prompt a reappraisal of America's already fraught relations with Pakistan.For a decade, U.S.