Pakistan Closes Down Three US Intelligence Liaison Cells

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Pakistan has shut down three American military “intelligence fusion” centers in Peshawar and Quetta, according to an American newspaper. These centers were the main means for America to share target data, satellite imagery and other forms of intelligence with Pakistan’s armed forces carrying out operations against insurgents, including the Taliban militants who cross the border into Afghanistan. American special operations squads have been relying on three facilities, one in Quetta and two in Peshawar, to coordinate military campaign on both sides of the border, according to senior officials. The decision won’t affect the CIA’s ability to carry out drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas.