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Oct 1, 2011

U.S. struggles to chart fresh course with Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House’s attempts to set a fresh course with Pakistan are being hobbled by bad options, bureaucratic tensions and the desire to avoid severing a vexing but critical relationship.

In the wake of a blunt and public accusation by the top U.S. military officer that Pakistani intelligence supported a militant attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, officials at the Pentagon, State Department and White House are urgently debating an array of unattractive choices.

Sep 30, 2011

U.S. reassures Pakistan amid anti-American protests

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States moved to ease tensions with Islamabad on Friday, telling Pakistan it would not send ground troops to attack militant positions in North Waziristan even as anti-American protests flared around the country.

The demonstrations by religious parties broke out in several Pakistani cities just a day after political leaders joined in rejecting U.S. accusations that Islamabad was supporting militants.

Sep 29, 2011

U.S. slaps sanctions on Haqqani commander, but not group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions on individuals it said were linked to militant groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but stopped short of declaring the Haqqani network, blamed for recent attacks on American targets, a terrorist group.

“These financiers and facilitators provide the fuel for the Taliban, Haqqani Network and al-Qaeda to realize their violent aspirations,” Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said in a statement.

Sep 28, 2011

Fewer trainers seen among U.S. military in Pakistan

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. and Pakistani officials are continuing talks on the future U.S. military mission in Pakistan but Washington likely will see its influence on Pakistani special forces curtailed as tensions rage between the two nations.

A U.S. official said both countries had been discussing an agreement that would authorize between 100 and 150 U.S. military personnel to be stationed in Pakistan, fewer than have been there in the recent past.

Sep 28, 2011

More U.S. military action in Pakistan possible: Graham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Support is growing in the U.S. Congress for expanding American military action in Pakistan beyond drone strikes already used to target militants in Pakistani territory, a senior Republican U.S. senator says.

The comments by Senator Lindsey Graham, an influential Republican voice on foreign policy and military affairs, follow remarks by the top U.S. military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, accusing Pakistan last week of supporting the militant Haqqani network’s September 13 attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

Sep 23, 2011

U.S.-Pakistan ties dismal, but could get worse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Pakistan unleashed a war of words this week as Washington accused Islamabad of involvement in attacks on U.S. targets in Kabul, and Pakistan warned against a rupture in an already strained relationship crucial to U.S. success in Afghanistan.

Years of intermittent feuds between the two countries, nominally united against Islamist extremists, have escalated into an ugly feud over a shockingly blunt U.S accusation.

Sep 23, 2011

Pakistan warns U.S.: “You will lose an ally”

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan warned the United States it risked losing an ally if it kept accusing Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was responding to comments by Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, who said Pakistan’s top spy agency supported attacks on the U.S. Embassy and other targets by the Haqqani network, the most violent and effective faction among Islamist Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Sep 23, 2011

Scenarios: U.S.-Pakistan ties dismal, but could get worse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Pakistan unleashed a war of words this week as Washington accused Islamabad of involvement in attacks on U.S. targets in Kabul, and Pakistan warned against a rupture in an already strained relationship crucial to U.S. success in Afghanistan.

Years of intermittent feuds between the two countries, nominally united against Islamist extremists, have escalated into an ugly feud over a shockingly blunt U.S. accusation.

Sep 23, 2011

As sparks fly, Pakistan warns U.S.: “You will lose an ally”

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan warned the United States it risks losing an ally if it continued to accuse Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was responding to comments by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, who said Pakistan’s top spy agency was closely tied to the Haqqani network, the most violent and effective faction among Islamic Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Sep 22, 2011

Sparks fly as U.S. and Pakistan spar over Afghan bloodshed

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States and Pakistan inched closer to open confrontation on Thursday, the top U.S. military officer accusing Pakistan’s intelligence agency in the strongest terms yet of involvement in violence against U.S. targets in Afghanistan.

Admiral Mike Mullen called the Haqqani militant network a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s powerful ISI intelligence service, which he said supported the group’s attack last week on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, a blow to U.S. efforts to bring the Afghan war to a peaceful end.

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