Growing Concern Over Taliban Advances In Pakistan

Advances by the Taliban Sharpen U.S. Concerns

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Monday that he was “gravely concerned” about Taliban advances in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as President Obama prepared for meetings here this week with President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan in an atmosphere of crisis.

Recent militant gains in Pakistan have so alarmed the White House that the national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, described the situation as “one of the very most serious problems we face.” Pakistan, he said Monday, “has to survive as a democratic nation.”

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