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Monday, May 04, 2009

Nahal Toosi and Asif Shahzad, "Rising tensions threaten Pakistan, Taliban peace," Antiwar Newswire, May 3, 2009.

Pakistan's army and the Taliban blamed each other Sunday for a rise in tensions that threatened to destroy a much-criticized peace deal, just days before the Pakistani president heads to Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

The army accused militants in the Swat Valley of looting, attacking infrastructure and killing one soldier. A Taliban spokesman said militants will start patrolling Swat's main town, and acknowledged that they cut the throats of two soldiers as revenge for the army killing two insurgents.

  Many Swat residents desperate for a stop to the fighting welcomed the deal, even if it didn't evict the Taliban.

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