Washington and Islamabad seem to be working hard to mend relations hurt by the United States' unilateral raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Officials say the two countries are now forming a joint counterterrorism team to go after top suspects, including some the Pakistanis have been reluctant to attack. The team will be made up of intelligence officers from both countries and will share intelligence gleaned from the computer files found in bin Laden's compound as well as Pakistan's interrogation of those who frequented the al Qaeda leader's hideout. Some of the team's targets include Mullah Omar, Siraj Haqqani and Ayman al-Zawahri, all of whom U.S. officials believe are hiding in Pakistan. The cooperative effort, similar to the one that lead to the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003, is the latest in a series of efforts to ease tensions between the two countries. Following the visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, Pakistan allowed U.S. officials to revisit bin Laden's compound, and they also returned the tail of a classified helicopter that malfunctioned in the raid.
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