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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pakistan to return U.S. helicopter tail: Kerry

ISLAMABAD May 17 Pakistan has agreed to return the tail of the U.S. military helicopter that was damaged during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Sen. John F. Kerry said here, part of what he called a "specific series of steps" aimed at reducing tensions between Islamabad and

The helicopter was damaged after making a hard landing at bin Laden's compound. Navy SEALs destroyed part of it before weaving, in an effort to keep the latest U.S. military technology a secret. But the tail remained intact, and photos of it quickly made their way into public view. In the days after the operation, Pakistani intelligence officials said China had
expressed interest in it.

The handover of the helicopter tail, is one result of several high-level meetings Kerry said he held with Pakistani officials to alleviate strains between the two allies. The long-fraught relationship has reached one of its worst points after U.S. commandos killed bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison city.

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