Iraq’s unpaid Awakening Councils
Awakening Councils have been credited with bringing relative security to towns and cities in Iraq.
Local Sunni fighters opted to stop fighting US-led forces in 2006, and help them fight al-Qaeda instead.
They are still on patrol, but they haven’t been paid since the US handed over its command to the Iraqi government.
Al Jazeera’s Omar Al-Saleh gained rare access to the city of Samarra and sent this report.
Crystal clear drug choice for Mexico addicts
As Mexico’s war on drugs rages on, the use of crystal methamphetamine – also known as “crystal meth” or “ice” – continues to rise.
Addictive and affordable, it’s become a major player in the country’s massive drug trade.
From Tijuana, Al Jazeera‘s Mariana Sanchez has more.
While an Al Jazeera/Gallup Pakistan survey has found there is a popular consensus on fighting the Taliban in Pakistan, there is massive opposition to US involvement in the conflict.
Sixty-seven per cent of people said they oppose US drone attacks against Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in the country, citing numerous civilian deaths.
Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reports from Islamabad.