The controversial effort by the United States to go after Taliban strongholds inside Pakistan is sparking outrage in Islamabad.
Asif Ali Zardari leads the race to replace Musharraf in Saturday's presidential election.
Proposed February troop reduction would coincide with increase in troops sent to Afghanistan.
US forces may have sent in ground troops for the first time Wednesday. Were they targeting a top Taliban or Al Qaeda figure?
Pakistani military officials fear American intervention in the tribal areas could spark a rebellion, derailing counterterrorism operations.
As his next report on troop levels nears, senior officers aren't sure they'll agree.
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