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Pak, Afghan, US officials discuss military cooperation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 9, IRNA -- Pakistani, Afghan and US military and 
diplomatic officials have met in Afghanistan to develop a "common 
understanding" of current operations along the border region between 
Afghanistan and Pakistan, said a US statement received here Friday. 
"We will continue to work with the Afghanistan and Pakistan 
security forces in any way that serves our common objectives of 
defeating terrorism, denying sanctuary (to terrorists) and 
strengthening cooperative security," said Brig. Gen. Charles Jacoby, 
deputy commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force 76, according to 
a Pentagon statement. 
"The coalition will continue its aggressive operations and 
reconstruction efforts on the Afghanistan side of the border as the 
Pakistan military continues its operations within its own borders." 
Meanwhile, a Pakistani military official Friday confirmed the 
meeting but refused to give any details. 
The US delegation hosted the sub-committee meeting called The 
Military Information Exchange Sub-committee of the Tripartite 
Commission. 
"We are delighted with the success so far of the recent Pakistan 
military offensive, and are completely confident in its success," 
Jacoby was quoted as saying. 
The delegates discussed specific practical initiatives intended 
to improve existing cooperation along the border such as the 
positioning of radio and phone communications equipment, according to 
the statement. 
The sub-committee agreed to meet again in late July after being 
updated on Pakistani military operations in the border region. 
Pakistan says hundreds of foreign militants are hiding in the 
border areas. It has also said that they will be given amnesty if they
register themselves with the local authorities and stop attacks in 
Afghanistan and also against Pakistani forces. 
Pakistan has deployed some 70,000 troops along the border with 
Afghanistan to prevent Al-Qaeda and remnants of the Taliban from 
entering its soil. 
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