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Smart-Bomb Kits to Go to Pakistan

The Pentagon is sending smart-bomb kits to Pakistan to help the country make 1,000 of its traditional munitions more precise and limit civilian casualties. The U.S. is also sending Pakistan a dozen drones and 18 F-16 fighter jets. The move is part of the White House's push to ready its Middle Eastern ally for battle against Islamic extremists in its remote tribal areas. The weapons deal will deepen neighbor India's unease with the American buildup of the Pakistani military; India worries Pakistan could eventually use those tools against it. Many in Washington have been skeptical of Pakistan's commitment to fighting Islamic militants, but this move provoked little controversy, as the Pakistani intelligence agency has been deepening its cooperation with the U.S. in fighting the Taliban and has allowed more drone attacks in its tribal regions.