Petraeus visits shaky anti-terror ally Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Gen. David Petraeus, newly tasked with responsibility for America’s two wars, has arrived in Pakistan as part of his first international trip as head of the U.S. Central Command.
Petraeus’ trip signals Pakistan’s crucial role in the fight against terrorism, particularly the escalating war in neighboring Afghanistan.

But it also comes amid tensions over suspected American missile strikes in Pakistan — a U.S. ally threatened with financial ruin, torn by an Islamic insurgency and armed with nuclear weapons.

Gen. David Petraeus, left, succeeds Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday. Defense chief Robert Gates is center. 
Above: Gen. David Petraeus, left, succeeds Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday. Defense chief Robert Gates is center.

Petraeus, who took the new position on Friday after 20 months as the top U.S. commander in Baghdad, was accompanied by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, the U.S. Embassy confirmed late Sunday.

Acting embassy spokesman Wes Robertson declined to provide specifics of the schedule for the two Americans but said they would meet with government and military officials.

In Pakistan’s northwest border region, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at a checkpoint on Sunday, killing eight troops just hours before Petraeus’ arrival.

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