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Pakistan: The Indispensable, Unreliable U.S. Ally

Fred Burton
Chief Security Officer, Stratfor
Feb 25, 2017 | 14:26 GMT
Lessons From Old Case Files
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In the late 1980s, I was part of a small U.S. team sent to investigate the crash of Zia-ul-Haq's C-130, a tricky case made more complex by the atmosphere we found in Pakistan. First, Zia-ul-Haq belonged to the Pakistani army, but the country's air force was the branch tasked with coordinating our investigation. As in any nation's armed forces, interbranch rivalries ran deep there....

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