US to Pakistan: Take Out Haqqani

Or we will; rhetoric increasing in wake of embassy attack
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 12:09 PM CDT
US to Pakistan: Take Out Haqqani
Leon Panetta, seen in this file photo, is among those pushing for a tougher stance towards Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – US officials have been sending Pakistan an increasingly sharp message in recent days: Take out the Haqqani Taliban network, or we will. Pakistan’s intelligence service has a longstanding relationship with the Haqqani network—Adm. Mike Mullen described it as a “proxy connection”—but after a series of recent attacks, including last week’s attack on the US Embassy in Kabul, US officials are demanding that stop, the Washington Post reports.

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“We’ve continued to state that this cannot happen,” says Leon Panetta, a major proponent of a new, tougher Pakistan policy. Several US officials have delivered the ultimatum in high-level meetings this week, including David Petraeus, Hillary Clinton, and Mike Mullen. Clinton, at least, is still expressing sympathy for Pakistan in public. But US ambassador Cameron Munter isn’t; in a radio interview this weekend he said the US has evidence “linking the Haqqani network to the Pakistan government.” (Read more Haqqani Network stories.)

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