Haqqani link possible; US mulls raids in Pak

The US State Department also acknowledge the attack bore the signature of the Haqqani network.

Written by Reuters | Kabul | Published:June 23, 2012 1:16 am

The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan,General John Allen,said on Friday that a deadly attack on a hotel on the outskirts of Kabul bore the signature of the Taliban-linked Haqqani group which he said continued to operate from Pakistan. The US State Department also acknowledge the attack bore the signature of the Haqqani network.

Meanwhile,the US military and intelligence officials were said to be so frustrated by Pakistan’s failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in Afghanistan that they were considering launching secret joint US-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down,the Associated Press reported on Friday.

But the idea,which US officials said comes up every couple of months,has been consistently rejected because the White House believes the chance of successfully rooting out the Haqqani network would not be worth the intense diplomatic blowback from Pakistan that would ensue.

The latest round of debate came after the June 1 car bombing of Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan that injured up to 100 US and Afghan soldiers,according to three current and two former US officials.

The officials said recent discussions of ground attacks have included Allen as well as top CIA and special operations officials.

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