Sources in Pakistan suggest the implications are entirely domestic and will have little bearing on Pakistan's foreign policy or the ISI's role in the counterterrorism effort, but Western experts note that the change comes as Washington has been privately urging Pakistan's new government to rein in elements of the ISI that allegedly have links with Islamic militancy.
Critics maintain that Pakistan's military leaders most often used the ISI's political wing against the civilian leadership of political parties. Indeed, within Pakistan, the implications of the move are seen as being almost entirely domestic.
2.) Afghan poppy crops have taken a pretty big hit:
The BBC's Rob Watson says that the decrease in poppy production is a rare piece of good news from Afghanistan.
"The opium flood waters there have started to recede," the UNODC report said.