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Pak's rocket fire into Afghanistan 'more of political than tactical threat' for NATO: CSM

Kunar , Tue, 12 Jul 2011 ANI

Kunar, July 12(ANI): Pakistan's cross-border attacks on militants in Afghanistan pose less of a tactical threat and more of a political threat for US soldiers in the war-ravaged country.


Pakistan has fired about 700 rockets and artillery shells at militants in Afghanistan, complicating the efforts of US forces on the ground.


"It's important that the [American and Pakistani] units talk to each other across the border. We have common goals," The Christian Science Monitor quoted US Army Lt. Col. Dan Wilson, commander of the 2-27 Infantry battalion, as saying.


The US military has been working to establish communication with its Pakistani military counterparts, but has faced a number of difficulties, the report said.


Given the tense state of US relations with Pakistan, high-level coordination can be a loaded issue and involves a considerable process, it added.


"There are bureaucratic lanes that have to be executed in order to do those things, but we're closing the gaps on those things to try to make it more efficient for us," said Major Pat Stitch, who oversees brigade operations for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.


"It's not as if you can just drive over there and hunt down the first guy you see in uniform and say, 'Hey, what's your boss's phone number?' There's a little more to it than that," he added.


Numerous Afghan villagers and officials have expressed complaints and concerns to US forces in the area, calling on them to take action.


"It's not that big on our minds here, but it's definitely big on everyone else's minds," say US Army Lt. Jonathan Brown, a platoon leader in the 2-27 Infantry battalion. (ANI)


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