The CIA drone strike in North Waziristan yesterday killed 25 persons and targeted a high-level meeting of the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP). It finally killed TTP leader Hakimu’llah Mahsoud of the large and important Mahsoud tribe in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of northern Pakistan. Mahsoud’s death by drone has been repeatedly announced in the past but it was confirmed by the TTP this time. FATA is roughly analogous to US Native American reservations, and is not firmly under the control of the central government.
A new leader has been announced. They’ve gotten used to this by now.
— Malala says to Obama
— Interesting angle from writer Assed Baig on the widespread disappointment felt when Malala wasn’t chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize this past week.
The full story of the night Bin Laden was killed, as told by those in the crosshairs.
The Abbottabad Commission was charged with ascertaining the facts of what happened on the night of May 1, 2011, when the United States unilaterally launched a raid to capture or kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in northern Pakistan.
While all previous accounts released to the public have been the stories of SEAL team members, or sourced mainly through Washington’s squad of analysts from the CIA and similar agencies, the Commission pieced together testimony from local and provincial officials, police and security personnel - and, indeed, captured members of Bin Laden’s family themselves - to tell the story of that warm May night through the eyes of those who found themselves in the targeting crosshairs.
This is that account. [more]
An epic, and important, read. (The Al Jazeera Tumblr page actually posted articles in full. Read there if you want the full thing; we just wanted to spare you guys the giant blocks of text.)
An op-ed from a hunger striker Guantánamo Bay, sharing details on his case and his force feedings, citing that “the situation is desperate now.”
This week, the Pakistani government is set to dissolve the National Assembly and call for new elections. The outgoing administration made more progress toward institutionalizing democracy than many expected. Even so, the army is not ready to go quietly and is crafting its own plans for the country’s future.