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US forces ‘massing on Afghanistan-Pakistan border’

Posted By admin On October 18, 2011 @ 7:31 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Dean Nelson and Javed Siddiq
London Telegraph [1]
October 18, 2011

US forces are massing on the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan amid reports of an imminent drone missile offensive against fighters from the feared Haqqani Network, a Taliban faction which operates from safe havens in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan Army sources have confirmed.

The scale of the American build-up, including helicopter gunships, heavy artillery and hundreds of American and Afghan troops, caused panic in north Waziristan where tribal militias who feared they could be targeted gathered in the capital Miranshah to coordinate their response.

Local officials in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) warned that Pakistan’s armed forces would repel any incursion across the border by American forces, but military sources in Islamabad and Afghan officials suggested the build-up was part of a coordinated operation.

Relations between Washington and Islamabad have deteriorated dramatically in recent months as American officials increased pressure on Pakistan to launch an offensive against the Haqqani Network, which mounts attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan from bases in North Waziristan.

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[1] London Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/8834040/US-forces-massing-on-Afghanistan-Pakistan-border.html

[2] Foreign fighters massing in Pakistan tribal region to launch attacks in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/foreign-fighters-massing-in-pakistan-tribal-region-to-launch-attacks-in-afghanistan.html

[3] Pakistan “suspends” main fuel supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pakistan-%e2%80%9csuspends%e2%80%9d-main-fuel-supply-route-for-nato-forces-in-afghanistan.html

[4] Pakistan has right to retaliate if allied forces attacked: President: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pakistan-has-right-to-retaliate-if-allied-forces-attacked-president.html

[5] Pakistan, Afghanistan begin talks about dealing with insurgents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pakistan-afghanistan-begin-talks-about-dealing-with-insurgents.html

[6] Karzai: Afghanistan to back Pakistan if it wars with U.S.: http://www.prisonplanet.com/karzai-afghanistan-to-back-pakistan-if-it-wars-with-u-s.html

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