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Obama's promised trip to Pakistan now uncertain

WASHINGTON (AP) -

The death of Osama bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan has created a quandary for President Barack Obama's administration.

Obama has promised to visit Pakistan this year on a trip once seen as a reward for a key ally in the fight against terrorism. The looming headache comes as the White House tries to determine whether the government in Islamabad was complicit in allowing Osama bin Laden to live in Pakistan for years.

White House spokesmen questioned this week by The Associated Press refused to say whether Obama still planned to go. The decision is of enormous strategic and symbolic importance to both countries. Canceling the visit could be seen as a sign of U.S. mistrust of Pakistan.

A former assistant secretary of state under President Bill Clinton says no decision should be made until heightened tensions have eased.

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