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Bush 'very pleased' with Pakistan's Musharraf

U.S. President George W. Bush offered no criticism Saturday of Pakistan’s role in the still-unsuccessful hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, even though Pakistan’s army is pulling back from the region where the terrorist mastermind is believed hiding.After an Oval Office meeting with Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Bush said, “His army has been incredibly active and very brave … flushing out an enemy that though they had found safe haven.”Bush characterized Musharraf as “a determined leader to bring to justice not only people like Osama bin Laden but to bring to justice those would inflict harm and pain on his own people. … I am very pleased with his efforts.”Pakistan’s army said last month it was withdrawing hundreds of troops from the tense tribal region near Afghanistan. The decision to pull back from the South Waziristan area comes after several military operations by thousands of troops against remnants of bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organization and its supporters in recent months. Full Story

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