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Kerry warns Pakistan on rebel hideouts

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 15 (UPI) -- Sen. John Kerry, visiting Afghanistan, said Sunday Pakistan must confront suspicions it is harboring Taliban insurgents.

Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul: "Yes, there are insurgents coming across the border, yes they are operating out of North Waziristan and other areas of the sanctuaries, and yes, there is some evidence of Pakistan government knowledge of some of these activities in ways that is very disturbing."

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He was flying back to Pakistan, where "that will be, without any question, one of the subjects of conversation," The Washington Post quoted him saying.

Kerry, who visited Khost and Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan, also said the death of Osama bin Laden is raising hopes for a "new phase" in the war and a solution.

He said Afghan officials tell him the Taliban have shown "heightened interest" in negotiations, and the rebels "could be a part of a different makeup of a new Afghanistan."

Meanwhile, a British Marine was killed by an improvised explosive device while searching a compound in Helmand province Sunday, and a Taliban leader and two associates were captured in Balkh province, CNN reported.

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