Ron Moreau

Would Killing Mullah Omar Help America?

Afghanistan's Taliban leader is considered by Americans to be a "high-value target" along the lines of Osama bin Laden. But that categorization may not be useful.

The Taliban's Own Surge

All night, every night, an endless caravan of old cars and pickup trucks rolls through the dusty Pakistani town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan's lawless tribal area.

Mullah Omar Names Major Taliban Appointments to Replace a Captured Leader

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who remains in hiding and has not been seen publicly for nine years, has appointed two of his top Taliban militia commanders from the south to replace his former deputy and longtime comrade-in-arms Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who was arrested by Pakistani forces in Karachi last month.

Baradar's Taliban Successors

By all accounts, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be virtually impossible to replace. Until his recent capture in Karachi by U.S. and Pakistani forces, the Taliban's master strategist was working 18-hour days. Battle-hardened commanders fondly called him Big Father, and it was the Supreme Leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar himself, who nicknamed him Baradar—"brother" in the Pashto tongue—when they were teenagers fighting the Soviets side by side.

Taliban Leaders Taking Shelter in Karachi

How worried are Taliban leaders about a possible surge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan? President Obama's new strategy for turning the tide of the war includes sending thousands of additional troops to fight the insurgency.

Ashraf Ghani, the challenger who may topple Karzai

Former Afghan finance minister Ashraf Ghani is one of President Hamid Karzai's most articulate and vociferous critics, and a chief contender against the incumbent in the upcoming August presidential election.

Setback for Secular Pakistan With Swat Peace Deal

Score another win for Pakistan's extremists. Last week the Taliban extended their control into the country's heartland when the government signed a one-sided peace deal that gave in to the radicals' demands—not in the remote tribal wilds, as with most past bargains, but in the verdant Swat Valley, a onetime tourist destination only 160 kilometers from Islamabad.

Pakistani Army Says Soldiers Need More Gear

November's terrorist rampage in Mumbai is bringing more pressure than ever on Pakistan to eliminate the thousands of armed extremists who are operating from its soil.

Pakistan's New Spy Chief

In the wake of Mumbai's carnage, India handed Islamabad a list of 20 terrorists suspected to be hiding in Pakistan—including one who had phone contact with the gunmen during their attack.