Clapper: US-Pakistan spies rebuild ties

By KIMBERLY DOZIER | October 7, 2011 | 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Pakistani officials say Pakistan's spy agency has quietly stepped up cooperation with the CIA to hunt al-Qaida, despite a string of public criticism by U.S. officials.

Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper says Pakistan's spy agency has been cooperative and helpful, after a series of blunt meetings between intelligence chiefs following the covert U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.

U.S. and Pakistani officials say Pakistan has recently arrested several al-Qaida suspects at the CIA's request, and allowed the CIA to question terrorist detainees again. The officials spoke anonymously to discuss sensitive strategic matters.

The officials also say that Pakistan, for now, has stopped demanding that the CIA suspend the covert drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.