Former official: Bush OK'd US raids in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former intelligence official with recent access to the Bush administration's debate about fighting terrorism in Pakistan says the president secretly approved new U.S. military raids in that country.

The official told The Associated Press that President Bush signed the classified order over the summer. It gives new authority to U.S. special operations forces to target suspected terrorists in the dangerous area along the Afghanistan border.

U.S. counterterror operations along the border are highly unpopular in Pakistan, whose new leadership is trying hard to show independence from Washington.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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