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Pakistan Said to Confront Tribal Leaders

The Pakistani military is confronting tribal leaders in the region where Osama bin Laden may be hiding, apparently using the threat of violence and home destruction to force them to supply information on extremists in the area, the top American general in Afghanistan said Tuesday. Lt. Gen. David Barno expressed hope that recent efforts by the Pakistani military, combined with a change in U.S. counterinsurgency tactics in Afghanistan, would create a “hammer-and-anvil” effect along the mountainous border between the two countries, in which one force would drive the al-Qaida fighters into the other. In Pakistan, soldiers and government paramilitaries have been meeting with tribal chiefs for at least six weeks and threatening them with “destruction of homes and things of that nature” unless they cooperate, Barno said. Full Story

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