Thursday, May 26, 2011

U.S. reduce its military presence in Pakistan at the request of Islamabad

Washington .- The United States is reducing its military presence in Pakistan at the request of Islamabad, on Wednesday reported a Pentagon spokesman Dave Lapan. "Recently, in the last two weeks, we were notified in writing that the Government of Pakistan wanted the U.S. to reduce its footprint in Pakistan.

Consequently, we have undertaken such reductions," said the colonel. More than 200 U.S. military personnel in Pakistan, all in the service of the Office of Defense Representative in Pakistan. Lapan detailed that they include about a hundred devoted to "train the trainers" of the Pakistani Frontier Corps, a paramilitary group deployed in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

This number varies with frequency. Days before the operation against the late leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, were almost 300 U.S. military on Pakistani soil. The withdrawal of some of the manpower comes at a delicate moment for bilateral relations, precisely because of the incursion of U.S.

special forces into Pakistan to hunt down bin Laden.

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