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US Special Forces are pulled out of Pakistan

Rob Crilly in Islamabad

Published 27/05/2011 | 05:00

THE United States is withdrawing part of its Special Forces presence from Pakistan, as relations between the countries continue to deteriorate after the US raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

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General Ashfaq Kayani, the head of the Pakistan military, said he had ordered the Pentagon to reduce its military presence in the country to the "minimum essential". A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that the US had been "notified in writing" of the request.

The demand came as a suicide bomber killed 24 people in the north-western town of Hangu, one of many revenge attacks since Bin Laden's death. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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