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Pakistan Objects to U.S. Plan for Afghan War

NYTimes -- July 21, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is objecting to expanded American combat operations in neighboring Afghanistan, creating new fissures in the alliance with Washington at a critical juncture when thousands of new American forces are arriving in the region.

Pakistani officials have told the Obama administration that the Marines fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan will force militants across the border into Pakistan, with the potential to further inflame the troubled province of Baluchistan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.

Pakistan does not have enough troops to deploy to Baluchistan to take on the Taliban without denuding its border with its archenemy, India, the officials said. Dialogue with the Taliban, not more fighting, is in

Added: Jul-22-2009 Occurred On: Jul-22-2009
By: dan_man_
Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: TAPI, IPI, Pakistan, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, UNOCAL, Karzai, pipeline, pipelinistan
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