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U.S. General Petraeus Makes Surprise Visit To Pakistan

U.S. General David Petraeus
U.S. General David Petraeus praised Pakistan's counterinsurgency efforts in a surprise visit to the country on July 12, his first since taking over as the NATO commander in neighboring Afghanistan.

Petraeus said in a statement on July 12 that "Recent events demonstrate both the common threat posed to Pakistan and Afghanistan by insurgents."

Nearly 150 people were killed in a series of attacks in Pakistan in the past two weeks as violence has also risen in Afghanistan.

Washington has been pressuring Islamabad to do more to help battle Afghan Taliban.

compiled from agency reports