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Fewer fighters slipping into Afghanistan after Pak stepped up operations in tribal areas

Washington, Fri, 24 Oct 2008 ANI

Washington, Oct 24 (ANI): The US has reportedly welcomed the offensive launched by Pakistani security forces in the tribal areas in the recent weeks, saying that as a result of the move, fewer foreign fighters were now slipping into Afghanistan.

 

In a media briefing, US Defence Department spokesman Geoff Morrell welcomed "stepped-up operations" by the Pakistani military in Peshawar, and in Swat in particular, over the past two months.

 

"It is stepped up not just in terms of tempo, but in terms of effectiveness. As a result, we have seen some improvement in the flow of foreign fighters across the border into Afghanistan," the Daily Times quoted Morrell as saying.

 

He said the assessment came from US sources, but he gave no figures as to how many fewer foreign militants might be crossing the frontier since the Pakistani offensive began, added the paper.

 

He added that Pakistani operations were not only more frequent, but also "more effective, with more forces, more resources, perhaps a better strategy being dedicated to the mission". (ANI)

 


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