Pakistan helps U.S. search for captured soldier

Intelligence sharing and military cooperation have begun to increase between Pakistan and the United States, according to American officials, who say their efforts to cultivate key leaders in Islamabad may be beginning to pay dividends Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Derek Hawkins - Jul 27, 2009 - 9:26 PM PDT
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by Derek Hawkins - Jul. 29, 2009

Title is somewhat misleading -- the search for the captured U.S. soldier happens to be the most recent and salient instance of cooperation between the U.S. army and Pakistani officials. This story covers a lot of ground, and seems to overstate the level of U.S.-Pakistani teamwork. What of Pakistan's uneasiness about U.S. operations in Afghanistan's Helmand? And drone attacks?

Islamabad had long been reluctant to turn its attention from rival India to deal with the threat of Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in districts near the border with ... More »

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John Louden
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by John Louden - Jul. 28, 2009

The world is in dire need of some good news from this theater of conflict so perhaps the LA Times ran this article as a public service --- regardless of their motivation, the piece is little more than a press release for the US Defence and State departments; a feel-good piece the PR pros on Madison Ave. would be proud to call their own. Several quotes from "high-ranking government officials" and soldiers, none from Pakistanis. The mention of US unmanned drones (deep into the article) suggests "These drone attacks have KILLED suspected militants, but they have also caused civilian CASUALTIES {my capitalization}. an avid sports fan will tell you , a team can suffer a rash of casualties in a hard-fought game. Paleeese, LA Times, ... More »

It's a matter of record that the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) wields tremendous power in Pakistan, and has a long history of "playing" the US, the Saudis, and even Iran, in a series of shell games; offering to help find one US soldier is similiar to someone turning in a lost wallet --- as the Titanic is sinking.

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