Pakistan rejects secret request by U.S. to increase CIA presence

January 27, 2008
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“The top two U.S. intelligence officials traveled secretly to Pakistan this month to press President Pervez Musharraf to allow the CIA greater latitude to operate in the tribal territories where Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups are all active, according to several officials who have been briefed on the visit.

But in the unannounced meetings on Jan. 9 with the two U.S. officials – Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, and General Michael Hayden, the CIA director – Musharraf rebuffed proposals to expand any U.S. combat presence in Pakistan, either through unilateral covert CIA missions or by joint operations with Pakistani security forces.” (International Herald Tribune)