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The State Department has a gap in its work force. It has too few experienced, mid-level career foreign service employees. It's the result of several factors...and it's a serious problem.
Locations in Washington, New York and Boston may have been under surveillance by terror organizations for months -- and terrorists may try to launch numerous small scale attacks in the coming months, U.S. intelligence sources say.
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Osama Bin Laden did seek nuclear weapons. In an exclusive interview with The Nation newspaper online Pakistani Scientist Sultan Bashir Mahmood, a retired director general of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission said Bin Ladin did ask him about getting nuclear technology. But he said he told a firm no and Bin Laden did not ask again. Mahmood said he told bin Laden that establishing an infrastructure and gathering a team of scientists to accomplish the task was not possible. The meeting took place before 9-11.
The Pentagon say it will give Pakistan another ten-million dollars in military assistance. Spokesman Geoff Morrell says the U.S. is also sending military assets to the region. The goal he indicated was to help alleviate suffering. Along those lines, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States was sending $110 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Pakistan as part of the administration's new hearts and minds strategy to turn people away from the Taliban.
Whether he's dead or alive Baitullah Mehsud's death is unlikely to change the landsacape in Pakistan. There are those who think that his death will close the door on a violent chapter in Pakistan and lead to peace, but experts remind us that similar claims were made about the killing of Nek Mohammad, another Waziristan-based pro-Taliban Pashtun commander who led an insurgency against security forces in the tribal belt. Nek was killed in June 2004 in a US air strike, but fundamental change did not follow.
During a week of intense talks here in Washington about security and cooperation in Pakistan, officials from that country have come away with at least one positive thing. The U.S. has agreed to expedite request for military equipment. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his own words they agreed to fast-track the requests, that have been pending for months and years, on the transfer of military equipment to Pakistan. Experts say the recent success at capturing a killing key Taliban and Al Qaida operatives help.
The U.S. military is planning to set up new training centers inside Pakistan where American special operations trainers would work with Pakistani forces close to the Afghan border battle zone. A U.S military official says the new centers would supplement two already operating in Pakistan, and they would be used to accelerate and expand the training of Pakistani forces considered key to rooting out al-Qaida leaders hiding along the mountainous border.