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Officials: US, Pakistani spies slowly rebuilding ties, targeting al-Qaida together again
WASHINGTON (AP) ' U.S. and Pakistani officials say Pakistani forces have arrested a handful of al-Qaida suspects at the CIA's request and allowed the U.S. access to the detainees.
That could mark a turning point in U.S.-Pakistani relations, which have soured in recent months.
The officials also say that for now Pakistan has stopped demanding the CIA suspend the covert drone strikes that have damaged al-Qaida's militant ranks in Pakistan's tribal areas The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive strategic matters.
Only one of the arrested al-Qaida figures is considered senior, but U.S. and Pakistani officials call the combined moves a trend in the right direction.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Friday in an interview that the Pakistanis are "doing things to cooperate and be helpful."