US, Pakistan to Re-Open “Intelligence Fusion Centers”

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The US and Pakistan have decided to re-open “intelligence fusion centers” situated near Quetta and Peshawar for sharing intelligence concerning Al-Qaeda and Taliban combatants on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border. These intelligence centers, which had intelligence officials from both countries, were shut down after a severe row erupted between Washington and Islamabad over the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad last month without taking Pakistan into confidence. Nevertheless, the recent trips of US military official Adm. Mike Mullen and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Islamabad helped ease tensions, with Pakistan agreeing to restore cooperation with the US.