Ron Moreau

To Unfriend Al Qaeda

Many in the Taliban are sick of their longtime allies. But how do you dump a terrorist group?

The Day the Music Died

Ghazala Javed soared from poverty to stardom in a world that loves its songs but holds singers in contempt. It ended with her being shot dead.

War Without End

Too bad the Taliban and their ISI backers have other ideas.

Dueling Manifestos

A Taliban letter sounds a newly moderate note while the Haqqani faction puts out a how-to book for jihad.

Afghanistan: The Prequel

A new book explains why the 1979 Soviet invasion happened and describes what the war did to the invaders.

General Rod's War

He's the unsung general who drafted the plan for the surge. It's gone fine so far. Now, the real test.

Taliban Anoints Two New Leaders

Nearly a year ago, Pakistani security forces acting on U.S. intelligence arrested the Taliban's senior leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, brother-in-law and No. 2 to the reclusive, one-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar. Now the Taliban have finally anointed his successor.

Blasphemy Backlash

Within hours of the slaying of Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, people who supported it had built a social-media shrine to the assassin, lavishing praise on him on Facebook.

Afghanistan Feels the Squeeze

If Gen. David Petraeus gets his wish, this will be the year of the snake. America's top officer in Afghanistan recently explained his war plan as the "anaconda strategy," designed to "squeeze the life" out of the Taliban insurgency.

Holbrooke in the Trenches

When Richard Holbrooke took up his assignment as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan early last year, trying to lay the foundations for long-term stability at the epicenter of the Obama administration's tremulous policy, he knew as well as anyone that his mission was close to impossible.

Do the Taliban Get PTSD?

U.S. troops aren't the only ones in Afghanistan who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. It also afflicts Afghan civilians—and the Taliban, too.

More Dangerous Than Ever

Three years after NEWSWEEK published its controversial cover naming Pakistan the world's most dangerous nation, it seems to be even worse off.

Pakistan's Military Steps In on Flood Relief

In recent weeks, Pakistanis could be forgiven for thinking that the military, which has ruled for half of the country's 63 years of independence, had come back into power. Television news has been filled with footage of Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visiting some of the country's 6 million flood victims as Army helicopters dropped food and water and made rescues in isolated mountain villages.

How the Pakistani Floods Help the Taliban

The Pakistani Army's response to the flood has been swift and competent. But in terms of aid and infrastructure, Islamabad has utterly failed, which means the Taliban can claim to care more about people than the government.

Taliban Seeks Vengeance in Wake of WikiLeaks

After WikiLeaks published a trove of U.S. intelligence documents—some of which listed the names and villages of Afghans who had been secretly cooperating with the American military—it didn't take long for the Taliban to react.

How Pakistan Helps the Taliban

Pakistan's ongoing support of the Afghan Taliban is anything but news to insurgents. Many of them readily admit their utter dependence on the country's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, not only for sanctuary and safe passage but also, some say, for much of their financial support. One officer offered an unverifiable estimate that Pakistan provides roughly 80 percent of the insurgents' funding.

Pakistan Loses Control

The Afghan Taliban's three operational chiefs have gone deep underground, senior insurgent officials tell NEWSWEEK, and meetings of the leadership have been canceled until further notice.

Kabul Conference Sets Lofty Goals

The latest international meeting on Afghanistan optimistically set a date for a security handover and devised a plan to rebuild the country. But is any of this actually achievable?

What the Taliban Think of McChrystal's Ouster

Taliban fighters have been elated by the firestorm over Gen. Stanley McChrystal's comments to an embedded magazine reporter. To them, bickering in Washington and dissent within the military means that the U.S. invasion is falling apart.

Pakistan's Push to Clear the Waziristans

Under intense U.S. pressure to drive deeper into the jihadist havens of North and South Waziristan, Pakistan is trying to clear the area its own way. The country's military chiefs dread the losses their troops would suffer against entrenched militants in the tribal badlands, but something has to be done, if only to stop the erosion of public support for the government.

Can Buried Treasure Save Afghanistan?

In an eerie echo of those brief, heady days in Saigon, U.S. officials are crowing over the discovery of nearly $1 trillion worth of mineral wealth in Afghanistan. According to The New York Times, Pentagon officials have mapped "huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium."