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Pakistan, U.S. to create recon element to search for terrorists

RIA Novosti

11:24 02/06/2011

NEW DELHI, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - Pakistan and the United States intend to create a joint reconnaissance element, which will deal with the search of terrorist leaders hiding in Pakistan, Geo-TV said on Thursday citing official sources.

According to media reports, the establishment of this joint group is an important step towards the restoration of mutual confidence which was undermined after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was tracked down and shot dead by U.S. Special Forces during a raid on a home in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

Bin Laden, who claimed responsibility for the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States that left about 3,000 people dead, was killed on May 2.

The recon element will concentrate on the search of terrorist leaders who have the ability to hide within Pakistan, including Ayman al-Zawahiri, the ideologue of al Qaeda, and Mullah Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban movement that operates in Afghanistan.

At least 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the past day in northwestern Pakistan in a battle with a group of militants.

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