NEW YORK - The Pakistani military is using US intelligence to hit al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists in its Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as cooperation between the two countries has increased, a major American newspaper reported Monday. A dispatch in The Wall Street from Torkham on the Afghan side of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border cites senior American military officers as saying the US is allowing Pakistani officers to view video feeds from unmanned drones flying over Pakistan's tribal areas. "The US is also granting access to American intercepts of militant cellular and satellite phone calls inside Pakistan," the report said. "The Pakistani military is using the US intelligence to carry out strikes against extremists in its Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which are widely thought to harbour senior members of al Qaeda, the Taliban and other armed Islamist groups. U.S. officials believe Afghanistan is deteriorating because of insurgents based in these 'safe havens'. "The cooperation is a contrast from earlier last year when Pakistan, reacting to public anger over U.S. ground and air strikes inside the country, withheld military cooperation. The once-solid relationship between Washington and Islamabad deteriorated over the summer after an American missile killed 11 Pakistani soldiers," the dispatch added. "U.S and Pakistani military cooperation has increased as the two nations push to eliminate militants destabilizing both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border, a marked change from last year's tense relationship," according to the Journal. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, the top US commander in eastern Afghanistan, was cited as saying that the number of insurgents crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan has begun to decrease, reducing a major cause of instability in Afghanistan. Gen. Schloesser said U.S. and Afghan forces, which were hit by up to 20 rockets a day over the summer, are now hit by two or three. U.S. officials, according to the dispatch, attributed the declines to American missile strikes on insurgent targets inside Pakistan and the coordinated military campaign known as Operation Lionheart, which involves U.S. moves against militants in the Kunar region of Afghanistan and a large Pakistani campaign in the extremist stronghold of Bajaur. "The operations in Bajaur and the Predator strikes in Waziristan have caused a disruption across the border," Gen. Schloesser was quoted as saying. The general's comments mark one of the first times a senior U.S. official has publicly confirmed the use of U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan, according to the dispatch. The Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, said Operation Lionheart had succeeded in pushing many militants out of Bajaur. The Journal cited U.S. officials as crediting the turnaround in part to Pakistan Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani, "who has come to believe that militants pose an extreme threat". Gen. Kiyani replaced the head of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence, and has devoted significant military resources toward the fight in the border regions, it said. "Pakistan's fragile civilian government has also taken a harder line toward the militants than many U.S. officials expected," according to the dispatch. William Wood, the U.S. ambassador in Kabul, said in a recent interview that Pakistan was "unquestionably taking more effective action" against militants. "The only reason I wouldn't refer to it as a bright spot is that the problem is such a big one," he said. The focal point of the U.S.-Pakistani military cooperation is the small base at Torkham, a strategically vital border town that abuts the Khyber Pass, the main supply route for Western forces in Afghanistan. "The American-built base here opened in the spring, and was meant to house military personnel from the U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan. During a trip to Torkham over the summer, the barracks rooms set aside for the Pakistanis sat empty, with the mattresses still covered in plastic," the dispatch said. "In late December, by contrast, U.S. troops sat in a large tactical operations room alongside Afghan personnel in dark-green fatigues and Pakistani soldiers in flowing tan uniforms. The video feed from an American drone was being projected onto a large pull-down screen at the front of the room. "The Pakistani personnel at Torkham have secure phone and data connections back to their country. A senior U.S. official said the Pakistanis receive access to American 'signals intelligence,' mainly intercepts of radio traffic, cellular and satellite phone calls". Maj. Robert Brown, the top U.S. official at Torkham, said the base is meant to "knit together" the U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan. "The point is to make sure everyone knows all the same information, and can act on it," he said in an interview.