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U.S. should react strongly to Pakistan’s involvement in embassy attack

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

Credible U.S. press reports on Friday revealed that cell phones found on the attackers in the September 13 attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul were linked to Pakistani intelligence officials.

The U.S. has long known that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), works closely with the Haqqani insurgent network, which has been responsible for some of the fiercest attacks against U.S. and coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.

But if media reports on the cell phone links are accurate, this would be the first time the U.S. has a “smoking gun” on Pakistani involvement in a direct attack on U.S. civilian interests.

Rabbani assassination and Pakistani defiance crush prospects for Afghan peace

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

The assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was in charge of the High Peace Council pursuing reconciliation talks with the Taliban, is a clarifying moment for Afghans who had hoped Rabbani’s efforts would bring peace to the war-ravaged country.

News Flash: Pakistan is NOT a U.S. ally

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

U.S. media commentators acted with surprise about reports that Pakistani officials may have given the Chinese access to the downed helicopter left behind in Pakistan following the May 2 bin Laden raid.

In wake of Mumbai attacks, Pakistan could help save dialogue with India

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India’s financial capital, Mumbai, experienced yet another terrorist attack that initial estimates say killed at least 20.

Laden link to HuM shows Pakistan must do more to fight terrorism

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New information revealing a Kashmir-focused militant group with links to Pakistani intelligence helped shield Osama bin Laden demonstrates the U.S. must press Pakistani authorities to take a more comprehensive approach to fighting terrorism.

After bin Laden: Do not retreat from Afghanistan

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

The killing of Osama bin Laden should strengthen U.S. resolve to stabilise Afghanistan and ensure that it does not return to serving as a safe haven for terrorists intent on attacking the U.S. homeland.

After bin Laden: Bringing change to Pakistan’s counterterrorism policies

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

The U.S. unilateral operation to track and kill Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan has raised several questions about the sustainability of the U.S.- Pakistan partnership in the fight against global terrorism.

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