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Jul 2, 2012

U.S., Pakistan deal seen soon on Afghan supply routes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States and Pakistan are expected to agree soon on the reopening of land routes crucial to supplying NATO troops in Afghanistan, a Pakistani official said on Monday, a move that could ease a seven-month crisis in the two countries’ ties.

A senior Pakistani security official told Reuters a deal could be announced soon, potentially ending the long stalemate following a U.S. air attack last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the border with Afghanistan.

Jun 28, 2012

Pakistan’s Fazlullah re-emerges as a security threat

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR (Reuters) – Shortly after sneaking across the Afghan border this week, more than 100 militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban leader Fazlullah waited patiently on a mountain for Pakistani troops to approach.

Several days later, the fighters released a video of what they said were the heads of 17 ambushed soldiers, along with their identification cards.

Jun 25, 2012

Pakistan’s Dr Afridi, from CIA asset to solitary cell

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – There can be few jail cells in Pakistan as lonely as the one occupied by Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden.

He is kept in solitary confinement to protect him from hundreds of convicted militants eager to avenge their hero’s death. He may not be safe even from the guards – only two trusted officials are allowed to see him.

Jun 24, 2012

Insight: Pakistan’s Dr Afridi, from CIA asset to solitary cell

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – There can be few jail cells in Pakistan as lonely as the one occupied by Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden.

He is kept in solitary confinement to protect him from hundreds of convicted militants eager to avenge their hero’s death. He may not be safe even from the guards – only two trusted officials are allowed to see him.

Jun 12, 2012

Pakistan should “bite the bullet” in NATO routes row: U.S. official

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s civilian government should “bite the bullet” and re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan in order to ease tensions with the United States, a senior U.S. government official said on Tuesday.

The United States said on Monday it was withdrawing its team of negotiators from Pakistan without securing a long-sought deal on supply routes for the war in neighboring Afghanistan, publicly exposing a diplomatic stalemate and deeply strained relations that appear at risk of deteriorating further.

Jun 10, 2012

Al Qaeda down, but not out in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – When al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi arrived in northwest Pakistan several years ago, he commanded so much respect that even some of the world’s most dangerous militants held him in awe.

Already a legend in the shadowy world of jihad for breaking out of a high security U.S. prison in neighbouring Afghanistan in 2005, he seemed to promise endless funds, training and inspiration for men who dreamed of unleashing carnage in New York or London.

Jun 10, 2012

Analysis: Al Qaeda down, but not out in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – When al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi arrived in northwest Pakistan several years ago, he commanded so much respect that even some of the world’s most dangerous militants held him in awe.

Already a legend in the shadowy world of jihad for breaking out of a high security U.S. prison in neighboring Afghanistan in 2005, he seemed to promise endless funds, training and inspiration for men who dreamed of unleashing carnage in New York or London.

Jun 4, 2012

U.S. targets senior al Qaeda leader, further strains Pakistan ties

June 4 (Reuters) – A series of drone strikes over the
weekend and a confrontation on Monday near the border town of
Peshawar between U.S. diplomats and local police added new
strains to already tense relations between the United States and
Pakistan.

U.S. and Pakistani government sources said Abu Yahya al
Libi, a senior Al Qaeda leader who had survived previous drone
attacks, was a target of one of the latest strikes, which
occurred early on Monday in North Waziristan.

Jun 4, 2012

Pakistan and U.S.: allies without trust

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – As Washington fumed over the jailing of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, an educated Islamabad businesswoman voiced her own outrage – at the United States.

“All we ever got from the Americans is instability and violence,” she said, echoing what many Pakistanis believe is Washington’s contribution to their country and region over three decades.

May 29, 2012

Pakistan doctor in bin Laden case called corrupt, womaniser

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden faced accusations of corruption and other wrongdoing long before he was captured by Pakistani intelligence agents and then jailed for 33 years for treason.

In interviews over the weekend, several current and former Pakistani officials described the doctor, Shakil Afridi, as a hard-drinking womaniser who had faced accusations of sexual assault, harassment and stealing. They said his main obsession was making easy money.