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U.S. signals support for Pakistan against resurgent terror threats

'Full set of tools' to fight Taliban group, al-Qaida branch hiding in Afghanistan

Pakistani security officials inspect a damaged truck at the site of suicide bombing on the outskirts of Quetta on Nov. 30.   © AP

ISLAMABAD -- The U.S. has signaled a commitment to helping Pakistan counter a resurgence of militant violence, adding veteran Pakistani jihadi leaders to its list of global terrorists and vowing to take action against groups sheltered across the border in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

The State Department last Thursday slapped the terrorist designation on the deputy head of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an outlawed Pakistani jihadi group, and three senior leaders of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the terrorist outfit's regional branch.

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