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US team to tell Pak to take on militants

US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta were set to travel to Pakistan for meetings with top government, military and intelligence officials on progress in the Times Square car bomb investigation and concerns about future terrorist attacks.

world Updated: May 19, 2010 00:53 IST

US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta were set to travel to Pakistan for meetings with top government, military and intelligence officials on progress in the Times Square car bomb investigation and concerns about future terrorist attacks.

Officials say the administration has been pleased so far with Pakistani cooperation in the investigation, which has focused on any role insurgent groups there may have played in helping to train or assist bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad.

But officials said that Jones and Panetta intend to reiterate to the Pakistanis the importance that the administration places on more aggressive military action against groups allied with Al-Qaeda in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA.

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