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U.S. Consulate Attacked in Pakistan

Rocket launchers and a powerful bomb were used in a coordinated attack on the U.S. Consulate in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Five people were killed in the attack and another twenty were wounded. The Pakistani syndicate of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks and warned of more violence to the U.S. in Pakistan.

The U.S. and the Pakistani military have been working together to reduce violence in the country, catching many Taliban commanders and Islamic militants. Drone attacks have also been escalated, and although controversial because of their civilian kill-ratios, have been deemed effective. But this attack is a reminder of how far things have to go in Pakistan and how weak the U.S. influence is in the region.

The Consulates response to the bombing was that it showed the Taliban’s desperation in the region. U.S. diplomatic missions and staff have been attacked several times in Pakistan since the south Asian country threw its support behind the United States in a global campaign against militancy launched after the September 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities.