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Latest Pakistani Military Items
There's no practical way for U.S. troops to seal Afghanistan's vast border with Pakistan and stop all Taliban fighters from slipping through, so they are focusing on defending vulnerable towns and fighting insurgents on Afghan soil, a U.S. military commander said Tuesday.
A new American policy toward Pakistan will be needed if the Taliban and al Qaeda are to be defeated in Afghanistan. Pakistan is playing both sides against the middle in this conflict, seemingly aiding the United States by halfheartedly fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda, who find safe haven in the rugged Pakistani tribal areas next to Afghanistan. Pakistan's strategy is to hedge its bet that once the Americans leave Afghanistan, a regime friendly to the West in Afghanistan can offset Pakistan's perceived enemy, India, to the East.
Three American missile attacks killed 54 alleged militants Friday close to the Afghan border, an unusually high number of victims that included commanders of a Taliban-allied group that were holding a meeting, Pakistani officials said.
The top U.S. military officer said Friday that he thinks it is possible that Pakistan's military can shut down Taliban hideouts on its soil to prevent insurgents from moving back and forth across the long, porous border with Afghanistan.
Pakistan's military and intelligence service took the extraordinary action of going to war against the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad this year, harassing employees, sabotaging contracts and denying the purchase of protective gear.
Some can't wait to get out of Afghanistan, and some can't wait to see us leave. NATO allies want out ASAP. Some have left already (Dutch troops), others are preparing to leave (Canadians), and soon the allied fighting force will be reduced to 100,000 Americans and 9,000 Brits. And Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the United States to reduce its military footprint countrywide - just as U.S. commander Gen. David H. Petraeus seeks to widen it - and begin negotiations with the Taliban.
With U.S.-Pakistani strategic talks set to start in Washington on Wednesday, the Obama administration is growing increasingly frustrated with Islamabad's reluctance to shut down a terrorist group that provides safe haven for al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan.
Pakistan vehemently protested NATO helicopter strikes that killed more than 70 militants, saying Monday that U.N. rules do not allow the copters to cross into its airspace even in hot pursuit of insurgents.
Two suspected U.S. missile attacks hit suspected militant targets in a Pakistani tribal area on Tuesday, intelligence officials said, making recent weeks the most intense period of such strikes since they began in earnest more than two and half years ago.