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Obama calls president of Pakistan

New York Times / December 5, 2011
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President Obama telephoned the president of Pakistan yesterday to offer “condolences’’ for the deaths of two dozen soldiers who were killed in NATO air strikes along the Afghan border. The conversation, eight days after the incident, overcame the reservations of some Defense Department officials and favored an approach suggested by diplomats who had urged a conciliatory gesture. But the president’s comments stopped short of a formal apology

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