More reactions

Here’s another summary of US reactions to the FATA negotiations, this time by Khalid Hasan in the Daily Times:

Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate appropriations subcommittee that senior military and intelligence officials believe that the next near-term attack on the United States would most likely come from Al Qaeda forces regrouping in Pakistan along the Afghan border. “It’s a very difficult problem because this is sovereign territory” belonging to Pakistan, Mullen added.

This headline is kind of funny: “US urges Pakistan to nab Taliban chief, in test of anti-terror zeal”. An excerpt:

Asked by a lawmaker how Washington would gauge any counter terrorism success notched by Pakistan, Negroponte said “one of the metrics” was a lessening of cross border attacks into Afghanistan.

“Another would be if you saw the government operating effectively against some of these militant extremists, like for example bringing Baitullah Mehsud, the head of this extremist group in South Waziristan, capturing him and bringing him to justice, which is what should happen to him,” Negroponte said.

Hasan, Khaild. (May 22, 2008). Negroponte sets out ‘metrics’ of effective Pakistan action in FATA. Daily Times.
(May 22, 2008). US urges Pakistan to nab Taliban chief, in test of anti-terror zeal. AFP.


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