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Secret accord sheltered Al Qaeda linked militants in tribal Pakistan

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The Long War Journal, a website that covers the "Global War on Terror," reports that the central government, for its part, will withdraw the Army, turn over security to local paramilitaries, and release imprisoned Taliban leaders and fighters.

The news belies the wishes of American officials. The Washington Post reported today that:

Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the al-Qaeda threat from Pakistan represents a "huge challenge" for the United States, but said Pakistan has been lacking in its execution of a strategy to eradicate the safe havens for terrorists and insurgents in the lawless region known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Mullen called on Pakistani authorities to enforce any deals they strike with tribal leaders in the FATA and to require not only the expulsion of al-Qaeda but also a halt to the flow of insurgents across the border into Afghanistan. However, Mullen predicted slow progress, citing Pakistan's complex tribal allegiances and sensitivities over sovereignty that have limited US military involvement in the region.
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