Obama vows to go after Al-Qaeda in Pak
Disapproving of US' reliance on President Pervez Musharraf in the war against terror, presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who raised a storm by suggesting unilateral action against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, has vowed to go after the terror network there.
"On the question of Pakistan, we just had an election there. But I have said very clearly that we have put all our eggs in the Musharraf basket. That was a mistake", he said at the Democratic presidential debate in Austin, Texas.
"We should be going after Al-Qaeda and making sure that Pakistan is serious about hunting down terrorists, as well as expanding democracy," Obama said.
Promising that as commander-in-chief of the US, he would do everything to keep America safe, Obama said: "My number one job as president will be to keep the American people safe. I will do whatever is required to accomplish that. I will not hesitate to act against those that would do America harm."
The Democratic Senator, who is locked in a tight race with Hillary Clinton for the party nomination for Presidential showdown in November this year, also attacked the former first lady for her decision to support sending of US troops to Iraq.
Terming US military's intervention in Iraq as the "single most important foreign policy decision of this generation", Obama said "I believe I showed the judgment of a commander-in-chief."
"And I think that Senator Clinton was wrong in her judgments on that," Obama said speaking at the University of Texas campus in a debate sponsored by CNN.
The Illinois senator also suggested that sending US forces to Iraq was directly impacting its military operations in Afghanistan.
These days, Gul Agha Jalali is studying English and has enrolled in a computer science course in the capital, Kabul. (Also Read Inside Afghanistan's secret schools, where girls defy the Taliban) "When our country was occupied by infidels, we needed bombs, mortars and guns," says an employee at the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Jalali. Now there is a greater need for education, he told AFP.
World leaders expressed their shock and grief at the attack on Midnight's Children author Salman Rushdie who was brutally stabbed by a man at an event in New York on Friday. The 75-year-old Booker Prize laureate is currently on a ventilator battling for his life. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the incident, calling it an attack on his freedom of expression.
The attacker of Salman Rushdie has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar who is from New Jersey. Shortly after Salman Rushdie arrived at the stage to deliver his speech, Hadi Matar attacked him at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen, police said. Hadi Matar had a pass to attend the lecture. Some reports claimed that Hadi Matar had sympathies towards the Iranian government that had called for Rushdie's death.
US lawmakers on Friday adopted President Joe Biden's sprawling climate, tax and health care plan -- a major win for the veteran Democrat that includes the biggest ever American investment in the battle against global warming. Passage in the House of Representatives along strict party lines came after approval of the bill in the Senate by a razor-thin margin, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Author Salman Rushdie will likely lose an eye and suffered severed nerves in an arm and damage to his liver after he was stabbed on Friday, his agent said, adding that Rushdie was on a ventilator. "The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged," Andrew Wylie said in a written statement.