Pakistani mother, photo by USAIDU.S. Army choppers carrying emergency food and water buzzed over the swollen river and washed-out bridges, landing in the valley once controlled by the Taliban.

They returned laden with grateful Pakistani flood survivors – newly won friends in a country where many regard America as the enemy.

“We have been waiting for this day for so long,” said Habib-ur-Rehman. “Thank you, America.”

(READ the AP story, w/ photos, in the Washington Post)

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