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WASHINGTON – With confirmation in recent days that the United States killed al-Qaida’s second-in-command – in Pakistan – in a drone attack, relations between the U.S. and Pakistan are on the brink of disintegrating, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
That’s because drone attacks have intensified despite demands from Islamabad that they cease.
One major indication of the breakdown in relations is the refusal last weekend by Pakistani army Chief of Staff Gen. Ashfaq Kayani to meet with U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Peter Lavoy.
As one Pakistani put it, the Americans should not expect to meet with “powerful” Pakistani officials after undermining Pakistani sovereignty, issuing threats, intensifying strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles, killing Pakistani soldiers, refusing to apologize and threatening to cut off aid, the open intelligence company Strafor quoted the Pakistani newpaper, The News, as saying.
Most of the drone attacks are aimed at militants in North Waziristan and the tribal territories of Pakistan, where militants favorable to the Pakistani government reside.
The drone attacks reflect the recent warning by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the U.S. is reaching the end of its rope with the lack of cooperation by Pakistani officials in neutralizing the terrorist threat to troops of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in neighboring Afghanistan.
The terrorists use the tribal territories and North Waziristan to stage attacks on U.S. and NATO troops. The attackers then flee back into the relative safety of the Pakistani regions.
The most recently publicized drone attack in Pakistan took out the person second only to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Yahya al-Libi. Pakistan also was were Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was located and killed last year, much to the consternation of Pakistani officials.
Bin Laden was discovered at a location surrounded by houses of high-level current and retired Pakistani officials of the Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate, just down the road from Pakistan’s military academy.
Pakistanis also have expressed outrage over intensified drone attacks, especially after one drone recently hit a house, killing six family members.
The area where the drones are hitting, Mir Ali, is said to be a terrorist haven for both Taliban and al-Qaida.
The U.S. drone attacks apparently have picked up considerably in recent weeks, possibly in response to the continuing refusal by Pakistan to open up the vital route through Pakistan’s Khyber Pass to supply U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
The closure occurred after the accidental killing of some 24 Pakistani border guards along the Pakistan-Afghan border last November. The U.S. continues maint the killing was an accident and will not concede to Pakistan’s demand to apologize..
The refusal to apologize also has exacerbated Pakistani bitterness toward the U.S. and its policies.
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