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April 29, 2009
Pakistan launches offensive against encroaching Taliban

Militants in northwestern Pakistan have been making major gains, creeping closer to the capital city of Islamabad. There have even been fears voiced that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could be in danger.

In recent weeks, top U.S. officials have been critical of Pakistani officials for not moving aggressively enough against the militants. This week, Pakistan’s military went on the offensive against the Taliban and recaptured a key town in the strategic Buner district, just 60 miles from Islamabad.

Walter Russell Mead, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the situation in Pakistan, whether this offensive is just a way to appease frustrated American officials and what the administration’s next steps should be.

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