In an uncharacteristically blunt move, US Adm. Mike Mullen said publicly that Pakistan had a 'longstanding relationship' with the Haqqani militant group. The US appears to be both prodding Pakistan to finally root out militants in its border region and attempting to set the parameters for Afghan peace talks.
The incident encapsulates many of the challenges for NATO tankers and supply lines, including militant attacks, disastrous floods, and mercurial Pakistan-US relations.
A suicide bomb that killed more than 40 people in a Peshawar market capped a week of provocative moves by the Taliban.
Foreign jihadists in an ungoverned tribal belt kill leaders, recruit locals.
US, Pakistan step up efforts to address the militant haven tied to global terror.
The attack is a setback for the Army and is raising concerns ahead of next month's elections.