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dateline: 29 November 2011

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US Pakistan Relations Worsen

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • allegedly: believed by many to be true, but not yet proven
  • checkpoint: a place where security checks people going in or out
  • troops: groups of soldiers
  • tense: full of stress; not relaxed
  • CIA agent: a person who works for America’s Central Intelligence Agency

US Pakistan Relations Worsen

At least 24 Pakistani were allegedly killed in a NATO airstrike this past Saturday. The airstrikes took place at a checkpoint that had been to prevent Taliban in Afghanistan from crossing the poorly marked border. Pakistan quickly closed both border crossings into and ordered a review of all military, political, and intelligence relations with the US. Troops in Afghanistan receive at least half of their via these land . Supply trucks piled up at the blocked borders immediately following the closure. US-Pakistan relations were already tense following a double murder involving a CIA agent, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the airstrike take place?
  2. How did Pakistan react?
  3. What happened at the borders following Pakistan’s decision?

Discussion Question: Pakistan became a US ally following the September 11 attacks. Do you think the US and Pakistan need each other as allies, or do you think this incident will be the breaking point to end their current relations?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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