US ups pressure on Pakistan over detained American


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ISLAMABAD – U.S. officials say Washington may scrap upcoming talks with Pakistan about the war in Afghanistan to further push Islamabad to free an American who shot dead two Pakistanis.

The U.S. says insists the detained American has diplomatic immunity and killed the Pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gunpoint.

Pakistani leaders, facing a groundswell of anger triggered by the incident, have avoided definitive statements on the status of the American, whom they have identified as Raymond Davis.

Two senior U.S. officials said talks involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. set for Feb. 24 in Washington are in doubt because of the spat.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the information.