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Pakistani Army: New York Times article ‘a direct attack’

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Reports in the New York Times criticizing the Pakistan army and the powerful intelligence agency is a “direct attack” on Pakistan’s security, the army spokesman said on Saturday. Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army’s chief spokesman, repeatedly criticized the Times’ reporting and said it was…

U.S. links Pakistan’s ISI to journalist killing: report

WASHINGTON — US officials believe Pakistan’s spy agency was behind the killing of a Pakistani journalist who reported that Islamist militants had infiltrated the military, the New York Times reported. The newspaper quoted two senior officials as saying that intelligence showed that senior members of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)…

Iraq sentences Al-Qaeda chief’s widow to life

A Baghdad court has handed a life jail sentence to the widow of Al-Qaeda’s top chief in Iraq, killed last year in a joint US-Iraqi military raid, a judiciary official said on Wednesday. Abdel Sattar al-Beriqdar, spokesman of Iraq’s High Council of Justice, told AFP the woman was an Iraqi,…

Cell phone links Osama bin Laden to Pakistani intel

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A cellphone used by Osama bin Laden’s courier appears to show that he was aided by Pakistani militants linked to the country’s powerful intelligence agency, The New York Times said Thursday. Citing US officials briefed on an investigation into the phone, the Times said calls from the…

Chicago man guilty of aiding Pakistan militant group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. jury Thursday found a Pakistani-born Chicago businessman guilty of providing support to an Islamic militant group responsible for the 2008 assault on Mumbai but not guilty of taking part in the attack. In a mixed verdict, the jury also found Tahawwur Rana, 50, a former…

US defense rests case in trial of alleged Mumbai attacks co-conspirator

CHICAGO – The defense in the trial of an alleged co-conspirator of the 2008 Mumbai attacks rested its case Monday without the defendant taking to the stand. Chicago businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 50, is charged with three counts of providing material support to terrorists by acting as a messenger and…

Witness: Pakistani intel officer ordered attack on Mumbai Jews

By Sebastian Rotella This report is part of a ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE investigation. A version of this article appeared in the Washington Post. An officer in Pakistan’s intelligence service chose a Jewish center as a target for the 2008 Mumbai attacks and then helped launch a new plot against…

Pakistan demands U.S. cut drone strikes, CIA agents

WASHINGTON — Pakistan has told the United States to sharply cut the number of CIA agents and special forces operating there, and to rein in drone strikes against militants, a US newspaper said Monday. The New York Times said the order highlighted the near collapse of US-Pakistani cooperation, the result…

U.S.-Pakistan intelligence operations frozen since January

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Joint U.S.-Pakistan intelligence operations have been halted since late January, a senior Pakistani intelligence officer said, reflecting strain in a relationship seen as crucial to combating militants and the war in Afghanistan. Uneasy U.S.-Pakistani ties have become even more tense after a string of diplomatic disputes so far this…

CIA faces reduced role in Pakistan after murder row

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful spy agency appears to have gained the most from a CIA contractor’s release, by forcing the U.S. agency to recognize its importance to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, and curtailing American activities in Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted CIA contractor Raymond Davis, 36,…

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