U.S. commander gets no help from Pakistan in defeating insurgents (WASHINGTON TIMES) By Kristina Wong 04/24/12)
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The top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand
province said Monday that Pakistani troops have been no help in
targeting insurgents hiding in safe havens in Pakistan.
“Unfortunately, from my perspective as a tactical commander in
Regional Command Southwest, I have had no support from XII Corps,”
said Marine CorpsMaj. Gen. John Toolan, referring to the Pakistani
military’s divisions stationed in Quetta, where Afghan Taliban
headquarters are located.
“I know for a fact that drugs are moving out [of Afghanistan] through
Pakistan and lethal aid is coming in on a regular basis,” Gen. Toolan
said at the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington.
“If I had XII Corps, if I had the Pakistani army support to at least
conduct patrols around the border and limit movement across, that
would really help. That’s been my focus, but [I] haven’t really been
able to get that support,” he said.
Last month, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and
coalition forces in Afghanistan, noted corruption and Pakistani safe
havens as the two remaining challenges to success in Afghanistan. (©
2012 The Washington Times, LLC. 04/24/12)
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