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Cheney Visits Pakistan and Afghanistan to Consult With Presidents

A Reuters article published today has reported that Vice President Dick Cheney has made surprise visits to both Pakistan and Afghanistan today to consult with the presidents of both countries. Cheney urged both to step up eforts against the Taliban and al-Qaida groups, whose activity quiets down in the winter and are due for a resurgance in the spring. The United States plans to increase the amount of its troops.

The article reflects the news value of timeliness and import, because a large amount of people will be affected and it's happening soon. The article is largely of a speculative nature because the events haven't happened yet, but a surge of al-Qaida and Taliban attacks are anticipated in the spring judging by past trends. The lead mentions the visit and its purpose, but goes into further depth and at the end presents a history of the conflicts with the groups and the U.S. presence in the country. The meeting itself isn't really enough to sustain an entire news story by itself, so recounting the past events is important.

An article on the same event published today in The Australian approaches the story in a slightly different way, and doesn't mention the anticipated spring offensive from the Taliban group until the 3rd graph. An important detail that this article puts forward is that U.S. accusations of al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan, claims the article says the country dismissed as absurd. There's also no quote from the Pakistani president like there was in the first article, talking about what Cheney discussed with him. However, the article does make it clear that the U.S. considers the two countries to be allies in its war against terror.

I feel like the article in The Australian actually contains more information, between the two of them. It stresses how violent the previous year was for Pakistan, and seems to do an even better job of giving a history of the country's relations with the Taliban organization. There also seems to be more information specifically about U.S. relations with the country, which really is the focus of the article.