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U.S. sanctions militant Haqqani network commander

WASHINGTON — The United States took action Tuesday aimed at ensuring that a jailed commander of the militant Haqqani network or his associates never benefit from funds under American jurisdiction. The State Department blacklisted commander Mali Khan under an executive order signed by President George W. Bush in 2001 in…

U.S. demands swift Pakistan action on militants

The United States called on Pakistan on Friday to take action within “days and weeks” on dismantling Afghan militant havens and encouraging the Taliban into peace talks in order to end 10 years of war. Crucially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to extract recognition from Pakistan that it could…

Pakistan says U.S. pressure on militants must end

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States must stop blaming Islamabad for regional instability, Pakistan’s prime minister told a gathering of the country’s political leaders on Thursday, as Washington stepped up pressure on the South Asian nation to tackle militancy. “The blame game should end, and Pakistan’s sensitive national interests should…

Taliban insists it controls Haqqanis, not Pakistan

The Taliban took the unusual step of insisting that it, not Pakistan, controls the Haqqani network, with Islamabad under growing US pressure to cut alleged ties with the group. The militia on Tuesday advised Pakistan, historically perhaps its closest foreign ally, to prioritise “Islamic and national” interests and stand firm…

U.S. weighs blacklisting Haqqani network

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering placing the Haqqani network on its list of terror groups after blaming the militants for deadly attacks in Afghanistan, a US official said Monday. Seven leaders of the Haqqani network, which operates from safe havens in Pakistan and was founded by former CIA…

US in ‘disarray’ in Afghanistan: Pakistani PM

Pakistan’s prime minister has turned on the US over its allegations of links to the Haqqani terror network, saying the “blame game is self-defeating” and US policy in Afghanistan is in “disarray”. The two countries are key allies in the war against Islamist militants in Afghanistan, but their relationship is…

U.S. blame game ‘self-defeating’: Pakistani PM

The Pakistani Prime Minister Saturday rejected US allegations linking Islamabad with the Haqqani terror network, saying the “blame game is self-defeating”. Yousuf Raza Gilani said such accusations would only benefit the militants, and added that they showed US policy in Afghanistan was in “disarray”. “We strongly reject assertions of complicity…

As sparks fly, Pakistan warns U.S.: ‘You will lose an ally’

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan warned the United States it risks losing an ally if it continued to accuse Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was responding to comments by U.S. Joint…

GOP seeks to delay end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives are calling for a delay in lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the US military, saying new rules have not yet been made available. A letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from House Armed Services Committee chair Buck McKeon…

Joint Chiefs chairman praises 10 years of war as America’s ‘vengeance’

By Dan De Luce WASHINGTON — US military and political leaders on Sunday paid solemn tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and to troops who have waged a war of “vengeance” in the decade since. “Lives ended in this place. Dreams were shattered. Futures were…

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