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Al-Qaida, Taliban seek Pakistani militants’ help

FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 file photo, new Pakistani Taliban chief… DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) – Prominent al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban fighters asked Pakistani militants in a pair of rare meetings to set aside their differences and step up support for the battle against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, militant commanders said Monday. The meetings were held in Pakistan’s tribal region in November and December at the request of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council. They could indicate the militants are struggling in Afghanistan, or conversely, that they want to make sure they hit U.S. forces hard as the Americans accelerate their withdrawal this year. That…