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“This is a time for clarity, it is a time for people to declare themselves as to how we are going to work together,” she said, referring to Pakistan.

In Islamabad later Thursday, Clinton will be meeting up with CIA chief David Petraeus and the nation’s top military official, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, for talks with senior Pakistani officials.

Their presence will be a muscular show of diplomatic force that several officials described as a combined message of support and pressure.