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US Troops operating in Pakistan since 2009: WikiLeaks

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.

A number of leaked cables reveal that the US was eager to embed American troops with Pakistanis soldiers. “These deployments are highly politically sensitive….Should [they] receive any coverage in the Pakistani or US media, the Pakistani military will likely stop making requests for such assistance,” the cable said.

Another previously published cable described how, in a January 2009 meeting with army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, then US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus explained he “had given instructions that Special Operations Forces would be deployed regularly and constantly, and the US ‘needed to move their soldiers in here, so they could engage productively with the Frontier Corps'”.

In the wake of the May 2 US raid that killed bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad, the Pakistani military decided to reduce the US troop presence in the country to the minimum.

[Times of India full article]

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One Response to “US Troops operating in Pakistan since 2009: WikiLeaks”

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