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Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet returned Tuesday from a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan from August 23 to 30. His office said the purpose of the trip was to press government officials in the region to restrict the flow of ingredients used to make roadside bombs, the biggest killer of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Small-scale terrorism attacks may be here to stay but with al Qaeda reeling from Osama bin Laden's death, the United States could deliver a “knockout” blow to the terror group if several of its senior leaders are captured or killed, according to homeland security experts who spoke in Aspen last week.
Our Washington Independent colleague Spencer Ackerman is embedded with U.S. troops on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border through Sept. 19. We'll reprint his dispatches from the field over the next eleven days. KABUL – A friend of mine who’s been to Afghanistan warned me several times against flying on Ariana, the national airline. Apparently she’s traveled with a flight crew that was noticeably drunk. My flight from Istanbul was far less eventful. Though it seems my fellow passengers didn’t believe in queuing in single file, preferring to test whether they can edge you out with a well-timed shoulder-led thrust. Apart from that, everything was placid.