US-Pakistan relationship increasingly strained (AP) – 447th Edition

Pakistani lawyers burn U. S. flags to condemn an American CIA contractor Raymond Allen Davis, in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Davis was being held on charges relating to the shooting deaths of two Pakistani men, but was released from prison Wednesday and left Pakistan after more than US$2 million in 'blood money' is thought to have been paid to his victims' families and the families pardoned him in accordance with Pakistani law.(AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)AP – A rare condemnation by the Pakistan army chief of an especially deadly U.S. drone attack and Washington’s abrupt dismissal of his concern is a sign of how troubled the strategically vital relationship between the two countries has become.

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