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What does one call an impoverished nuclear-weapons power where 80 percent of its 180 million people say things are moving in the wrong direction; 64 percent claim the United States is their enemy; 18 percent view al Qaeda favorably; almost 40 percent say they approve of al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers; and 56 percent say there is "no hope" for the future?
U.S. policy in Pakistan is stuck in a Catch-22 quagmire. Without Pakistan, there is no solution to the Afghan War. And even with Pakistan, the odds aren't much better. Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the Afghan border, used by the Taliban as safe havens and by U.S. drones as anti-Taliban targets, are gradually switching allegiance to the Taliban.
A U.S. missile strike killed seven militants Thursday in a Pakistani region close to the Afghan border that has rarely seen such attacks, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Two leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) continued to run the Pakistan-based terrorist group's operations while locked up in a Pakistani prison, according to a 2009 diplomatic message by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Two militants wearing vests studded with explosives and bullets blew themselves up outside a government-backed meeting of anti-Taliban tribesmen close to the Afghan border Monday, killing 50 people and wounding 100 others.
Police arrested two would-be suicide bombers planning to attack a mosque and a government building in Pakistan's capital Friday, as local officials said another suspected U.S. missile strike near the Afghan border killed three alleged insurgents.
Despite $2 billion in U.S. military aid for an offensive against militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan claims it's too risky to launch an operation against Taliban and al Qaeda operatives in the remote tribal region, after having said for years that a lack of resources had delayed the offensive.
The wilds of North Waziristan, on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, have become a crossroads for terrorism.
With U.S.-Pakistani strategic talks set to start in Washington on Wednesday, the Obama administration is growing increasingly frustrated with Islamabad's reluctance to shut down a terrorist group that provides safe haven for al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan.