New York Times reported yesterday that the US Armed Forces were planning routine incursions into Pakistan but that was denied five hours ago:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan is denying reports that American forces are pushing to expand special operations raids into tribal areas of neighboring Pakistan where Islamist militants are known to find refuge.
Even though the New York Times didn’t name its sources, the possibility of a change of wind after the leaking of those alleged news does exist. Simultaneously with the Chinese Prime Minister visiting Pakistan and praising its government and Armed Forces the US are clearly denying any future incursions into Pakistan.
The change in the attitude of the United States might come with the situation in Korea calming down a little after the North decided not rise the military tension after the south started its drills. Actually Global Security reports that: North Korea is offering concessions on its nuclear program as South Korea began an artillery drill that threatens to spark renewed hostilities between the two Koreas.
China is one of the few countries that has influence over North Korea and is an important economic and strategic partner of the United States, which means that the US might have softened its position in Pakistan to facilitate pending negotiations with China over the Korean question.