Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that US drone strikes in Pakistan could end "very soon", in unusually outspoken remarks welcomed in Islamabad but immediately downplayed by American aides.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry after talks in Islamabad, on August 1, 2013. Kerry suggested Thursday that US drone strikes targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan could end "very soon" as the threat of militancy recedes.
It is the first time such a senior member of the US administration has indicated there could be a definitive end to the programme, which the CIA has in the past called an effective counter-terrorism weapon.
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