Taliban militants are "fleeing to their sanctuaries ... in another country," the NATO commander in Afghanistan said Monday, amid reports that more than 100 had died in combat operations last week. If accurate, those losses would be the heaviest in Taliban ranks in many months. Reinforced by US Marines, NATO and Afghan forces have been pushing into militant strongholds in southern Helmand Province. Their commander, Gen. Dan McNeill, did not cite any other country by name, but the only nation with which Helmand shares a border is Pakistan.
A powerful car bomb exploded outside Denmark's embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, killing at least six people, wounding dozens more, and causing heavy property damage. Suspicion quickly fell on Al Qaeda, whose No. 2 leader had called for attacks on Danish targets after newspapers in Denmark reprinted cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that Muslims find offensive. In Copenhagen, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the attack would not result in any change to "the foreign and security policy we have been leading."