Good news

Pakistan and Afghanistan are talking about terrorism and militancy.

A four-day council, or jirga, of Afghan and Pakistani politicians and tribal elders, drawing to a close in Kabul yesterday, was agreed in Washington last year as a way to forge cooperation between the two sides.

“The joint peace jirga strongly recognizes the fact that terrorism is a common threat to both countries and the war on terror should continue to be an integral part of the national policies and security strategies of both countries,” said a declaration agreed by some 700 jirga delegates.

“There is no other option for both countries other than peace and unity, trust and cooperation,” Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told the closing session of the jirga. “There is no justification for resorting to terrorism.”

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And from Germany we hear that

The US military is more successful in Iraq than the world wants to believe.

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