Monday, May 23, 2011

American troops embedded with Pak forces: US cables

The Times of India, May 21, 2011

US troops embedded with Pak forces
The cables released by WikiLeaks said that US special operations forces were embedded with Pakistani troops for intelligence gathering by the summer of 2009. (AFP Photo)
 
ISLAMABAD: Contrary to Pakistani military’s persistent assertion that it will not allow foreign troops to operate within the country, US special forces were embedded with Pakistani troops for intelligence gathering and were also deployed on joint operations in their territory, according to secret US diplomatic cables.
 
The cables released by WikiLeaks said that US special operations forces were embedded with Pakistani troops for intelligence gathering by the summer of 2009 and deployed with them on joint operations in Pakistani territory by September the same year.
The issue has gained heightened sensitivity in the wake of the US raid against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
 
The revelations go against the Pakistani military’s claim that it will not allow foreign troops to operate within the country for operations to flush out the Taliban and other militant elements.
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