Ripples Across The Region

The U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan are the big players in the current crisis, but when the shells start landing, the entire Middle East community will be shaken. What do various countries stand to lose--or gain--when the fighting begins?

--By Jeffrey Kluger and Scott MacLeod

PAKISTAN

It could get nasty here. Pakistan's ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, has agreed to share intelligence with the U.S. and allow American planes to use his airspace. Islamabad would rather not let U.S. forces launch assaults from Pakistani soil, but it's certain Washington wants that too. Even before Musharraf tried to sell his plan in a televised...

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