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US President George W Bush has secretly signed off on orders that allow American troops to carry out cross-border raids from Afghanistan into Pakistan.
The new authority, which Mr Bush signed off on in July, allowed last week's US special forces attack into the region known as the tribal areas.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has offered staunch support for his army chief, who has vowed to defend Pakistan against attacks by US forces.
The Pakistani army says US troops based in Afghanistan have launched at least four attacks in Pakistan in the past week.