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"New approaches" appeared to be a euphemism for covert US intervention in Pakistan where anti-American sentiment is high. AP reported that the program envisages a timeline stretching to 2015.
US officials put plenty of gloss on the intervention plan to save Pakistan's face, saying a central assumption in the approach is that no such US training contribution would be made without the Pakistani government's prior approval.
But they have also indicated that Pakistan has accepted the new US plan, having left Washington with little choice as its vaunted military ceded territory to Al Qaeda and Taliban elements on its western border, amid reports of troop desertion and surrender.