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Pakistani Islamists stand on the US flags as they shout slogans during a protest in Karachi on December 2, 2011, against the cross-border NATO air strike on Pakistani troops. Pakistan said it could not attend the Bonn conference unless its security was ensured, appearing to set a condition after Washington led calls on Islamabad to reconsider a boycott. The cabinet decided on the boycott to protest against the deadliest cross-border strike by NATO that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in 10 years of war in Afghanistan that has plunged the uneasy US-Pakistani alliance into perhaps its deepest crisis. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images) Rizwan Tabassum, AFP / Getty Images