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December 4, 2009, 6:26 AM
The White House has announced plans to increase its drone program in the Taliban-overrun areas of rural Pakistan in order to compliment President Barack Obama’s recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. “By increasing covert pressure on Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan, while ground forces push back the Taliban’s advances in Afghanistan, American officials hope to eliminate any haven for militants in the region. One of Washington’s worst-kept secrets, the drone program is quietly hailed by counterterrorism officials as a resounding success, eliminating key terrorists and throwing their operations into disarray. But despite close cooperation from Pakistani intelligence, the program has generated public anger in Pakistan, and some counterinsurgency experts wonder whether it does more harm than good.”
 

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