Pakistan Asked US To Downsize Drone Strikes Amid Taliban Peace Talks – Report – 5 February 2014

RT logoThe Obama administration has dialed down CIA drone strike operations in Pakistan at the request of the government as it pursues peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, the Washington Post reports citing anonymous US officials.

Sources suggested to The Post that the current pause in strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan came at the behest of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government, which accused the US of attempting to derail Pakistan’s talks with the Taliban after a drone strike killed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud in November.

“That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no,” one US official said.

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