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Leon Panetta speech increases pressure on Pakistan

Defense secretary says US ally must deal with terrorists

KABUL - The United States stepped up pressure on Pakistan on Thursday as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said “we are reaching the limits of our patience’’ with a nominal ally that continues to provide a safe haven to Al Qaeda-linked militants.

It was the latest sign that the United States is getting tougher with Pakistan after years of muting criticism and looking the other way on the premise that an uneasy friendship was better than making the nuclear-armed country an outright enemy.

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