Gates: Pakistan may get more help against al-Qaida

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Posted: Dec 07, 2009 11:35 PM

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is prepared to give Pakistan more help fighting al-Qaida forces if its government wants it.

Gates, who arrived in Afghanistan late Monday, said it is Pakistan's "foot on the accelerator" when it comes to fighting terrorists. But he said the U.S. could provide more assistance "at any pace they are prepared to accept."

While Pakistan is considered one of the closest U.S. allies in the war on terrorism, it also is accused of giving anti-U.S. forces a safe haven along its lawless border.

The Obama administration has looked for new ways to expand trade and military cooperation while considering widening missile attacks on al-Qaida targets inside Pakistan.