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CIA Escalates Pakistan Campaign, Diverting Drones From Afghanistan

First Posted: 10/02/10 01:56 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

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Pakistani policeman keeps watch on the still smoldering oil trucks in Shikarpur, southern Pakistan on Friday Oct. 1, 2010. Suspected militants set ablaze at least 27 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Friday, police said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON--The U.S. military is secretly diverting aerial drones and weaponry from the Afghan battlefront to significantly expand the CIA's campaign against militants in their Pakistani havens.

The shift in strategic focus reflects the U.S. view that, with Pakistan's military unable or unwilling to do the job, more U.S. force against terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan is now needed to turn around the struggling Afghan war effort across the border.

In recent months, the military has loaned Predator and Reaper drones to the Central Intelligence Agency to give the agency more firepower to target and bombard militants on the Afghan border.

Read the whole story: Wall Street Journal


Filed by Jeff Muskus  |