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Pakistan not to allow Americans to fight terrorists on its territory

American forces would not be allowed to hunt Taliban and al-Qaida militants on Pakistani soil.

A news report said that Bush’s administration was considering the proposal to expand U.S. military and intelligence operations into Pakistan's tribal regions.

Arab country’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the story as “speculative.”

The report said that extremists tried to destabilize the political situation in Pakistan and killed Benazir Bhuto, the prominent pro-Western leader who vowed to fight terrorists if elected.

The post-9/11 War on Terrorism in Pakistan has had two principal elements: the government's battle with jihad groups banned after 9/11, and the U.S. pursuit of al-Qaeda, usually (but not always) in coordination with Pakistani forces.

In 2004, the Pakistani army launched a pursuit of al-Qaeda members in the mountainous area of Waziristan on the Afghan border. Clashes there erupted into a low-level conflict with Islamic militants and local tribesmen, sparking the Waziristan War. A short-lived truce known as the Waziristan accord was brokered in September 2006.

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