Pakistan and US to Carry Out Joint Intelligence Operations

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan's foreign ministry says Pakistani and U.S. teams will carry out joint operations and share intelligence in the campaign against militants.

The announcement indicates the U.S. and Pakistan are trying to repair their frayed ties following the secret U.S. raid in May that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan..

Pakistani leaders were angered by the unilateral U.S. operation, while some U.S. officials questioned how the al-Qaida leader could be hiding out in Pakistan without being detected by Pakistani authorities.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Pakistan where she met with military and civilian leaders about terrorists groups operating in the country and the discovery of bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town.

Pakistan received $2.7 billion in security-related assistance from the United States in the fiscal year that ended last September. It is the third-largest recipient of U.S. security aid and reimbursements, after Afghanistan and Israel.

Some U.S. lawmakers have threatened to cut off funding following the recent tensions between the two governments