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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.

Sep 22, 2011

Pakistan’s ISI supported Kabul embassy attack: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Haqqani militant network is a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s powerful ISI intelligence service, which supported the group as it launched a startling attack last week on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

Admiral Mike Mullen, who steps down this month as chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his accusation before a U.S. Senate panel, underscoring the fragility of the strained U.S.-Pakistan alliance.

Sep 22, 2011

U.S. says Pakistan’s ISI supported Kabul embassy attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Haqqani militant network is a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s powerful ISI intelligence service, which supported the group as it launched a startling attack last week on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

Admiral Mike Mullen, who steps down this month as chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his accusation before a U.S. Senate panel, underscoring the fragility of the strained U.S.-Pakistan alliance.

Aug 25, 2011

Trapped in Tripoli hotel, journalists were the enemy

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Most of our weeks in Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel as “guests” of Muammar Gaddafi’s government were marked by boredom and frustration.

But by the time a sniper’s bullet shattered my satellite gear just after I set it up on a roof, the game had changed.

Aug 25, 2011

Price on Gaddafi’s head as rebels plan for future

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new masters meet their Western backers in Turkey on Thursday to secure funds and make plans for a future without Muammar Gaddafi after they announced a million dollar bounty for his capture.

Two days after rebel forces overran his Tripoli headquarters and trashed symbols of his 42-year rule, scattered pockets of loyalist diehards kept the opposition fighters at bay as they hunted Gaddafi and his sons. Rebels also reported fighting deep in the desert and a standoff around Gaddafi’s tribal home town.

Aug 24, 2011

Witness: Trapped in Tripoli hotel, journalists were the enemy

TRIPOLI, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Most of our weeks in Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel as “guests” of Muammar Gaddafi’s government were marked by boredom and frustration.

But by the time a sniper’s bullet shattered my satellite gear just after I set it up on a roof, the game had changed.

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