Pakistan Mosque Bombed, 50 Killed; US: Pakistani Military Elements Support Taliban

In Pakistan, Taliban detonated a bomb in a mosque at Jamrud in the Khyber agency near the Afghanistan border on Friday, killing 50 and wounding 100. The mosque is frequented by paramilitary troops who man a nearby government checkpoint, and who were probably the target of the blast. There is a sense in which Taliban violence in the Federally Administered Tirbal Agencies is a civil war between factions of Pushtuns.

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Meanwhile on Friday the US accused elements in the Pakistani military of backing the Taliban.

Pakistani commentators generally greeted the new Obama policy toward their country with skepticism. (See below).

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