Posted by Abdul Alim
Express Tribune: The US-Pakistan relationship may be at a nadir, but there’s plenty of room for it to hit rock bottom.
A media report from Washington suggests that the Obama administration may be considering a plan to carry out a secret joint operation with Afghan forces against the Haqqani network inside Pakistani territory.
US officials are so frustrated with Pakistan’s failure to stop militant groups from attacking Americans in Afghanistan that they have considered launching raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press.
But the idea, which US officials say comes up every couple of months, has been consistently rejected because the White House believes the chance of successfully rooting out the Haqqani network would not be worth the intense diplomatic blowback from Pakistan that inevitably would ensue.
The latest round of discussions came after the June 1 car bombing of Forward Operating Base Salerno in eastern Afghanistan, according to three current and two former US officials who were briefed on the discussions. The officials told the AP that recent discussions have included Gen John Allen, the senior US commander in Afghanistan, as well as top CIA and special operations officials.