Blast Kills at Least 70 Military Cadets in Pakistan

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A man who was injured in twin suicide bomb attacks at a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan was rushed to a hospital in Peshawar.  Arshad Arbab/European Pressphoto Agency

By JANE PERLEZ
Published: May 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — More than 70 paramilitary soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up Friday morning at a military training center in northwest Pakistan, a local police chief said.

People transferred an injured man to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The bombing was the first major terrorist attack since the American raid in Abbottabad on May 2 that killed Osama bin Laden.

It was not immediately clear if the attack was in revenge for the Americans’ action. Local officials said that it was likely connected to the Pakistani Army assault against Taliban militants in the nearby mountainous region of Mohmand in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Does the CIA Need a Country’s Permission to Spy on It?

No, but sometimes it helps.

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Pakistan‘s military is demanding that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sharply cut back its activities in the country in the wake of undercover agent Raymond Davis’s arrest on murder charges and subsequent release. In addition to scaling back the number of CIA drone strikes on Pakistani targets, Pakistani Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has insisted on the withdrawal of all contractors working for the CIA and all operatives like Davis, who are working in “unilateral” assignments, meaning that only one country (read: not Pakistan) is aware of their presence. But since when does the CIA need a country’s permission to conduct intelligence operations? Isn’t the whole point that the local government isn’t supposed to know they’re there? Continue reading