U.S. Predator strikes against high-level al Qaeda targets in the tribal areas of Pakistan are disrupting the group’s operations, but the terrorist organization has responded by stepping up its efforts to further destabilize an already fragile Pakistani government.
Yet more disturbing news on the Korean missile front:
North Korea has built an underground fueling facility near a key launch pad, a news report said Thursday, making it harder for spy satellites to detect signs that a missile is being prepared for launch.
European businesses and consumers alike have the lowest confidence in the economy since tracking began a quarter century ago, the European Commission said earlier today.
A group of Russian navy officials were caught trying to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine and aviation missiles into China, although the level of official involvement in both countries remains unknown. The cargo was found in Tajikistan, where Russia maintains a military base.
Two years into the Iraq war, moderately well read Westerners already knew that the insurgency there wasn't monolithic. Honest reporting repeatedly made clear that Al Qaeda, Sunni militant groups of various varieties and Sadrists didn't see eye to eye and often worked at cross purposes even while all were hostile to America and its allies.
The foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan have just declared a "new environment" of trust between their two countries, Paul Eckert reports for Reuters.
Matt Drudge has the banner headline "MURDOCH WARNS NATIONS WILL BE REDEFINED" above a story that begins:
Media baron Rupert Murdoch issued an urgent internal communication late Monday, warning his staff: "We are in the midst of a phase of history in which nations will be redefined and their futures fundamentally altered."