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Lull in strikes by US drones aids militants

Pakistani groups increase attacks on security forces

Pakistan halted drone operations at its remote Shamsi air base in Baluchistan Province after US drone strikes last November killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan halted drone operations at its remote Shamsi air base in Baluchistan Province after US drone strikes last November killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. (Reuters)
By Eric Schmitt
New York Times / January 8, 2012
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A nearly two-month lull in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan has helped embolden al-Qaida and several Pakistani militant factions to regroup, increase attacks against Pakistani security forces and threaten intensified strikes against allied forces in Afghanistan, U.S. and Pakistani officials say. The insurgents are increasingly taking advantage of tensions raised by a U.S. airstrike in November that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in two border outposts, plunging relations between the two countries to new depths.

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