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December 1st, 2011
06:24 PM ET

Report: al Qaeda behind American capture

According to new reports, al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the capture of a 70-year-old American man. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.


Filed under: al Qaeda • Chris Lawrence • Pakistan • Pentagon
BLITZER'S BLOG: Michele Bachmann was right
November 28th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Michele Bachmann was right

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann made an important point on Pakistan during the recent CNN national security debate. She said Pakistan is “too nuclear to fail.”

She added: “We’ve got to make sure that we take that threat very seriously.”
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Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Pakistan • Wolf Blitzer
BLITZER’S BLOG: U.S.-Pakistani relations potentially at a disastrous turning point
September 27th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: U.S.-Pakistani relations potentially at a disastrous turning point

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – I’m really worried about U.S.-Pakistani relations. Things are not moving in the right direction. Indeed, they are moving toward a potential disaster for both countries - and the region - unless cooler heads prevail.

There are a few givens we have to keep in mind.

Pakistan is a nuclear power. It has dozens of nuclear bombs in its arsenal. Right now, everyone agrees those bombs are secure. But if the situation in Pakistan were to deteriorate, that stockpile could be vulnerable.

At the last Republican presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked what he – as president – would do if he got a 3 a.m. phone call saying the Taliban had taken over Pakistan and controlled its nuclear weapons. Perry did not have a good answer. I’m not sure there is a good answer to that hypothetical question.

If you believe senior U.S. officials, Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, is fully aligned with the Haqqani terror network. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said publicly that elements of the ISI actually coordinated the recent Haqqani attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Last week, I interviewed Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar who flatly rejected those accusations. But U.S. officials are not backing away.

Indeed, they almost certainly will soon declare the entire Haqqani network a terror organization, joining al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, among others.

If the Pakistani government continues to support the Haqqani network, the Obama administration might then begin to cut some of the $2 billion a year in military and economic aid to Pakistan under the principle that if you support a terror network, you are effectively part of that terror network.

Unlike the United States, Pakistan has to remain in that region forever. That’s probably why the ISI believes it needs to foster a good relationship with the Haqqani network and other unsavory elements.

But unless that kind of thinking changes, I suspect the U.S.-Pakistani relationship will worsen. The consequences could be disastrous for all concerned. The stakes could not be more enormous.

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Filed under: Nuclear • Pakistan • Terror • Wolf Blitzer
September 23rd, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Pakistani FM: We're partners with U.S.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the state of U.S.-Pakistan relations.


Filed under: Interviews • Pakistan
August 4th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

The last seconds of bin Laden's life

A new report reveals details about the moment navy SEALs enterered Osama bin Laden's bedroom. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

RELATED STORY: Ex-Afghan spy chief talks updated

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
July 11th, 2011
07:14 PM ET

U.S. cutting aid to Pakistan

CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Pakistan's U.S. ambassador Husain Haqqani discuss the latest rift in U.S.-Pakistani relations.

RELATED: U.S. holding millions in aid to Pakistan, says Obama's chief of staff


Filed under: Ambassador Haqqani • Interviews • Pakistan
July 7th, 2011
07:13 PM ET

N. Korea making bribes for nuke tech?

CNN's Brian Todd reports on allegations that Pakistani officials accepted bribes from N. Korea for nuclear technology.


Filed under: Brian Todd • North Korea • Nuclear • Pakistan
June 26th, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Phone links OBL to Pakistan group?

CNN's Brian Todd reports that an Osama bin Laden courier's cell phone may link him to Pakistan.

RELATED: Militant group did not help Osama bin Laden, source says

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June 15th, 2011
07:20 PM ET

Pakistan seizes suspected CIA informants

CNN's Brian Todd reports on Pakistan's arrest of informants who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden.

RELATED: Pakistan arrests several who helped CIA in bin Laden case

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