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04/18/2011 11:32 am ET | Updated Jun 18, 2011

Pakistan Rift With U.S. Grows Over Drone Strikes

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The differences between the United States and Pakistan that broke into the open last week over the scale of C.I.A. operations here signaled a fundamental rift, plunging the relationship, sometimes strained, sometimes warm, to its lowest point in memory.

The rupture over Pakistan's demands that the Americans end drone strikes -- which the Obama administration rejected -- and scale back their intelligence presence within Pakistan exposed the tentative nature of the alliance forged after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. And it is increasingly apparent that the two countries have differing, even irreconcilable, aims in Afghanistan.

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