Kerry: alliance with Pakistan at 'critical moment'

May 15, 2011 - 9:43 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kerry says the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is at a "critical moment" because of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Kerry, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was speaking Sunday in the Afghan capital. He is visiting both Afghanistan and Pakistan to repair relations following the unilateral strike against bin Laden.

He said that there was some evidence of Pakistani knowledge of Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan, a finding that he called disturbing.

But he also said that bin Laden's death may present a new opportunity for reconciliation with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Kerry is expected to continue on to Pakistan later Sunday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a service member has been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

NATO said the service member was killed Sunday but released no further details. A total of 12 service members have been killed so far this month and 163 since the start of the year.