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President Obamas first big test

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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 11:17 AM
This thread could have gone into War on Terror or here. Please feel free to move if appropriate.

Pakistan: U.S. must halt drone attacks

DAVOS, Switzerland (CNN) -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called on the United States to halt its drone attacks against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters on Pakistani soil and warned that the missile strikes were fueling militarism in the country's troubled tribal border region.

At least 17 people were killed in two drone strikes near the Afghan border on Friday, according to the Pakistani government, in the first attacks authorized since U.S. President Barack Obama took office last week.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has remained in the post despite the change of government, said Tuesday that Pakistan was aware of U.S. strikes against militants within its territory -- but Gilani strenuously denied that any agreement existed between Islamabad and Washington.

CNN Story

In my opinion these attacks have been succsesful at keeping the Taliban and Al Qaed from organizing and re-forming.

Everyone in the world knows the operational wings of both groups are holed up in mountains of Pakistan across the border from Afghanistan

What do you all think? Will Obama yield to Pakistan, or will he remain true to his campaign pledge to continue to aggresively persue the known terrorists in Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan/Afghanistan?

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