The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan have settled their differences and vowed to work together to combat terrorism and drug-trafficking. Pervez Musharraf and Hamid Karzai were meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara. In the past relations between the two have been strained. They have accused each other of not doing enough to stop the Taliban.
Now they will share intelligence and resources, especially in border areas. The poor tribal region of Waziristan is a particularly fruitful hunting ground for Al-Qaida and Taliban recruiters. US-led coalition forces have been faced with mounting rebel attacks after the winter lull. This weekend in Herat in western Afghanistan more than 130 Taliban fighters were reported killed by coalition troops. That would be the heaviest rebel losses so far this year.