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A Pakistan soldier guarding the Afghan-Pakistani border (file photo) (epa)
July 18, 2007 -- Pakistan says a new U.S. intelligence report that concludes Al-Qaeda is regrouping in northwest Pakistan is unsubstantiated and not helpful.
In a statement today, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry asked Washington to provide it with "concrete" information so it can "firmly act."
The National Intelligence Estimate -- released July 17 -- argues that crumbling state control over Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan has provided Al-Qaeda with a hideout from which to plot attacks on the United States.
Meanwhile today, new violence broke out in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan. Militants detonated a remote-control bomb and opened fire on a military convoy, killing at least 12 soldiers.
The day before, a suicide bomber struck a security checkpoint in the same region, killing three soldiers.
(AP, Reuters, AFP)