Archive for the ‘aggressive’ Category

Pakistan Shift Could Curtail Drone Strikes

February 22, 2008
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WASHINGTON — American officials reached a quiet understanding with Pakistan’s leader last month to intensify secret strikes against suspected terrorists by pilotless aircraft launched in Pakistan, senior officials in both governments say. But the prospect of changes in Pakistan’s government has the Bush administration worried that the new operations could be curtailed.Among other things, the new arrangements allowed an increase in the number and scope of patrols and strikes by armed Predator surveillance aircraft launched from a secret base in Pakistan — a far more aggressive strategy to attack Al Qaeda and the Taliban than had existed before.

But since opposition parties emerged victorious from the parliamentary election early this week, American officials are worried that the new, more permissive arrangement could be choked off in its infancy. 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/washington/22policy.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Pakistan Is Threatened, Intelligence Chief Says

February 6, 2008

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 6, 2008; Page A03
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Radical elements are now a threat to the survival of Pakistan, prompting Pakistani military leaders to recognize that more aggressive efforts are needed to get the elements under control, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said yesterday in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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“In the last year, the number of terrorist attacks and deaths were greater than the past six years combined,” McConnell said in an unusually strong warning about Pakistan’s political problems. “What’s happened is Pakistan has now recognized that this is an existential threat to their very survival.”
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Pakistani leaders, he said, are “starting a process to be more aggressive in getting control of the situation.” The elements include al-Qaeda and Taliban members who for years were nurtured by Pakistani military and intelligence officials, prompting U.S. lawmakers and others to question the sincerity of the government’s effort.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/05/AR2008020502979.html