From CNN State Department Correspondent Jill Dougherty in Kabul
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took off her diplomatic gloves Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, challenging Pakistan to crack down on terrorist safe havens on its side of the border.
In a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai the Secretary, and in unusually forceful language, Clinton laid almost all of the blame for recent terrror attacks on Pakistan.
The U.S., she said, knows the Haqqani terrorist network operates out of safe havens in Pakistan. "We intend to push the Pakistanis very hard," Clinton said, calling it a "time for clarity."
Clinton is due to travel to Pakistan after her visit to Kabul, along with other senior U.S. officials.
"Our message is very clear: we're going to be fighting, we're going to be talking, we're going to be building," she said. "And they [Pakistan] can either be helping or hindering but we are not going to stop our efforts to create a strong foundation for an Afghanistan free from interference, violent conflict and [that] has a chance to chart its own future."
Clinton said NATO was taking action against forces of the Haqqani Network, which is allied to the Taliban and al Qaeda, "eliminating them on this side of the border, trying to squeeze them." She added that "more will be apparent in coming days." She said it had taken time for the U.S. to address the threat posed by the Haqqanis, and the question remained of how much support Pakistan would provide to get rid of them.