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4 February 2010

US presence in Pakistan exposed

Pakistani public is furious as evidence of Washington's military influence builds.

By Samira Shackle


Yesterday came news of a bomb attack on a road convoy near a school in Pakistan. On the surface, this is nothing out of the ordinary — reports of bombings in Pakistan come thick and fast, particularly in the lawless and fraught North-West Frontier Province, where the latest attack took place.

But this was different. The initial reports had it that “three westerners” were among the ten people killed. First, officials said they were journalists, then aid workers. It later emerged that they were US soldiers.

Which raises the question — what were these soldiers doing there? Officially, there are no US troops stationed in Pakistan. But

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