Tensions Increase in the Middle East

By Scott Sarvay

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT

PAKISTAN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Congressional leaders are warning Pakistan that billions of dollars in aid is at stake if Islamabad doesn't step up its efforts against extremists. All this after Navy Seals found Osama bin Laden deep inside the country.

Tension between the two nations is very clear: Wednesday morning Pakistan's Prime Minister met with the Chinese Premier in Beijing and called China "Pakistan's best friend."

That came after a skirmish between U.S. helicopters and Pakistani ground troops along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where the two sides fired on one another.

The Pakistani Taliban have also vowed to avenge Osama bin Laden's death by waging holy war against the west.

Meanwhile, there is a new acting leader and a new head of operations of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death.

Egyptian militant Saif al-Adel will serve as interim leader, and Mustafa al-Yemini will direct al Qaeda operations.

US prosecutors say Saif al-Adel is one of al Qaeda's leading military commanders and helped plan the attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es-Salaam in 1998.

Egyptian born doctor and surgeon Ayman al-Zawahri has been al Qaeda's second in command for years and was expected to succeed bin Laden.

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