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11 more US helicopters to join Pakistan relief operations: Centcom chief

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 24, IRNA
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Chairman of US Central Command Gen. John Abizaid announced on Sunday that 11 more US helicopters will soon join Pakistan relief operations.

Eleven more Chinook helicopters would soon be arriving to help in the relief effort that already includes 17 US helicopters and the army's only Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Gen. John Abizaid told a news conference at Chaklala Airbase after he took an aerial tour of Kashmir.

I saw devastation everywhere. The scope of devastation is quite significant, he said.

"I think the most important thing we can do is by our own example show the rest of the world that there's a lot more work that needs to be done," he said.

He said the devastation is so high that it cannot be forgotten.

"It can't be the five-second sound bite that we're all so used to, it has to be a long term effort to help a lot of people." Abizaid said he hoped the Islamic world would instead look to the relief mission in Pakistan for its impression of the US.

"The response of the United States of America is really the face of the United States of America that everybody should pay attention to," he said.

"Mistakes always happen on every battlefield, but this is no mistake; we're here to help, and we're here to help not because of the war but because people need help," he said.

He urged the international community to help in this hour of need.

"We extend our condolences to all the victims."
He said that the US will continue to give additional help, medical and engineering support.


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