AP Sources: US Mulls New Covert Raids in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan’s failure to stop local militant groups that attack U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan that they’ve considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down. U.S. officials tell The Associated Press the idea comes up every time the deadly Taliban faction known as the Haqqani network launches a spectacular attack in Afghanistan. Its fighters arm, plan and train in neighboring Pakistan. The officials say the White House has consistently rejected the idea, believing the raids would not be worth the diplomatic blowback from Pakistan. The officials spoke anonymously as a condition of discussing the debates. The White House declined to comment. The senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan said he doesn’t support such raids.

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