Tue December 21, 2010
The Two-Way

NATO: 'Absolutely No Truth' To Report About Push For Raids In Pakistan

The New York Times this morning:

"Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there. ... The plan has not yet been approved, but military and political leaders say a renewed sense of urgency has taken hold, as the deadline approaches for the Obama administration to begin withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan."

The Los Angeles Times' follow-up:

"The NATO force in Afghanistan denied Tuesday that the U.S. military intends to carry out ground raids inside Pakistan in pursuit of insurgent leaders hiding there. ... U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the deputy chief of staff for communications for the NATO force, said there was 'absolutely no truth' to reports of planned ground operations by U.S. forces inside Pakistan."

The reaction in Pakistan, via that country's DAWN media:

"Pakistan ruled out the notion of any foreign troops operating on its soil, with its top diplomat in Washington stressing that Pakistani forces are capable of handling the militant threat within the country’s borders."

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