US Demands Pakistan Arrest “Hit List” of Top Haqqani & Taliban Leaders

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The Trump administration has given Pakistan a new “hit list” of nearly a dozen top militants to detain, to show its willingness to fight terrorism, but the U.S. won’t share intelligence that would help lead to their capture, and has snubbed Pakistani requests to meet CIA chief Mike Pompeo in Washington, a senior Pakistani official tells The Cipher Brief.

“The feeling is there is nothing we can do to make a difference,” the senior Pakistani official said. “They are scapegoating Pakistan for their failure to bring peace in Afghanistan despite more than a decade of conflict.”

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