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Embassy Row: Pressure on Pakistan
The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday accused a powerful terrorist group with suspected ties to Pakistan’s spy agency of mounting a weekend assault on Afghan cities, and he demanded that Pakistan drive the militants out of safe havens.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker told reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that the Haqqani Network masterminded the attacks on the Afghan capital, where terrorists struck the parliament building and foreign diplomatic missions.
Gunmen and suicide bombers killed 11 Afghan soldiers and four civilians in the biggest assault on the capital in 10 years of war. They also hit three provincial capitals. Security forces killed 36 terrorists.
“There is no question in our mind that the Haqqanis were responsible for these attacks,” Mr. Crocker said.
“We are pressing the Pakistanis very hard on this. They really need to take action.”
“What we are worried about is the pressure that’s going to come over North Waziristan,” he said. “We have no connection to the attack.”
‘SEARCH FOR JUSTICE’
Relatives of the victims of a Libyan bomb attack on an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, more than 20 years ago told Libya’s ambassador Thursday that they want more answers, not more money, in their “search for justice.”
Frank Duggan, president of the Victims of Pan Am 103, tried to reassure Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali that the families of the 270 victims of the bombing support British authorities in their efforts to open a fresh investigation with the help of the new government in Libya.
“I want to assure you that the families of the U.S. victims of this bombing have no intention of seeking monetary compensation. Our efforts were never about money but instead were a search for justice,” Mr. Duggan wrote in a letter to the ambassador.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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