As the Chicago Tribune's South Asia bureau chief from 2004 to 2009, Kim Barker witnessed Afghanistan go from Bush’s “Forgotten War” to Obama’s “Good War.” Barker details the transitions in her book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bede Sheppard is a senior researcher for Asia in the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. He specializes in attacks on schools and teachers; the occupation of schools by security forces; and child domestic workers.
The commander of American and Allied forces in Afghanistan began two days of testimonies before congress today. General David Petraeus called the gains fragile and reversible, but he said the US had stopped the Taliban momentum.
During a meeting today with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at the White House, President Obama said "he is looking forward to visiting Pakistan later this year," the White House announced a few minutes ago.In a statement, the White House also said that the two leaders' "discussion focused on ou