Reporting something in the news should mean that that 'thing' or newsitem is newsworthy. There are a few checks on the newsworthy checklist, but basically it should be new and relevant information. NEW information. Something that people don't already know. Something that people shouldn't already know.
No kidding. You think? This AP writer could possibly up for the duh of the year award.
NO KIDDING the Taliban and AQ weren't on good terms before we started bombing.
NO KIDDING said bombing strengthened a bond that had previously been tenuous at best and really only tolerated due to convenience.
There is no freaking way that this should be presented as novel information.
(Can you tell I'm a little riled up about this? Come ON people- get a clue! Do some research about what is actually going on!)