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Pakistan frees FBI agent on bail

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Pakistan's arrest of an American FBI agent apparently won't escalate into a diplomatic spat.
   Officials say Pakistan has freed the American man on nearly $10,000 bail, three days after he was detained carrying knives and ammunition in his bag.
   Pakistan and the U.S. have been uneasy allies since the 9/11 attacks, and the alliance has been strained over a series of incidents -- including the unilateral U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. But the arrest this week came amid warming relations between a new Pakistani government dependent on foreign aid, and a U.S. administration that needs Pakistan to help contain militants on the border with Afghanistan.
   The FBI agent -- identified by the bureau's Miami field office as Joel Cox -- arrived in Karachi a week ago. He was detained Monday after officials found him with the knives and ammunition as he was preparing to board a flight to Islamabad.
   A law enforcement official has said the agent was in Pakistan as part of an anti-corruption program, and apparently didn't realize he had bullets in his bag.
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