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We have no authority to enter Pakistan, US parameters only surround Afghanistan: Pentagon

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  1. FalconsForPeace

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    A Pentagon spokesman said that the US military will not conduct hot pursuit of Taliban and allied jihadist fighters from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Additionally, the spokesman said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border.

    “We have no authority to go into Pakistan,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews toldPajhwok Afghan News. US forces could ask for authority to chase Taliban fighters as they cross the border into Pakistan, but approval for such action “would certainly be the exception and not the norm,” he continued.

    “Say, for example, we have troops in contact and then the Taliban forces go across the border,” Andrews told Pajhwok. “They are clearly inside Pakistan then. There’s no change with regards to respecting the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan.”

    In the past the US military has defended its right to pursue Taliban forces retreating into Pakistan under its “inherent right of self defense.” [See LWJ report, Pakistan closes NATO supply route after latest US cross-border attack.]

    Past US incursions into Pakistan

    The US military has in rare cases pursued Taliban fighters as they crossed the border into Pakistan after battling US forces in Afghanistan. Pakistan has responded furiously to such incursions.

    In one of the most publicized instance, in Nov. 2011, US attack helicopters opened fire on Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Mohmand. The Pakistani military claimed that 28 Pakistan troops, including two officers, were killed and 11 more were wounded. The Taliban fighters retreated to a Pakistani military outpost when the US opened fire. It is widely believed that the Pakistani troops were providing cover for the retreating Taliban force.

    Pakistan responded to the Mohmand attack by closing the border to NATO supply trucks and also revoked the US military’s use of the Shamsi Airbase in Baluchistan province. The Shamsi Airbase was used as both a NATO logistics base and as a key node in the CIA’s Predator and Reaper drone campaign in North and South Waziristan.

    Two high profile incidents occurred in 2008. The first was in June, when US troops pursued a Taliban force from Kunar into Mohmand, and killed 11 fighters. The Pakistani government claimed that the US killed Frontier Corps troops, but the US released video of the incident showing the Taliban being targeted as they fled from Kunar into Mohmand.

    The second incident took place in Khyber in November, when US forces launched rocket attacks and ground strikes into the Tirah Valley, a known haven for al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Lashkar-e-Islam. Seven people were reportedly killed and three were wounded in the strikes.

    Three other cross border incursions took place in the fall of 2010, when US helicopters attacked Haqqani Network fighters as they fled back into the Pakistani tribal agencies of North Waziristan and Kurram after the terror group attacked US bases in Khost and Paktia provinces. More than 50 Haqqani Network fighters were reportedly killed in the Kurram attacks. Pakistan claimed two Frontier Corps troops were killed.

    Currently, the US leaves the heavy lifting in Pakistan to covert airstrikes using unmanned Predators and Reapers against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan’s tribal areas. There have been eight such strikes inside Paksitan so far in 2018.

    In addition, the US carried out a unilateral special operations raid in May deep into Pakistani territory and killed Osama bin Laden at his hideout in Abbottabad, which was not far from Pakistan’s top military academy.

    US military OK with the Taliban residing in Pakistan

    The Pentagon spokesman also said that the US military can accept the Taliban presence inside Pakistan just as long as Afghanistan was secured.

    “If the Taliban reside in Pakistan and we are able to provide safety and support and to help secure districts and provinces within Afghanistan, I think that is a tradeoff that we’re willing to make,” Andrews said, according to Pajhwok. “Because it’s not necessarily about these people over in Pakistan, it is about the Afghan people.

    “But that’s something within Pakistan, that’s something the nation of Pakistan has got to resolve. Now we’re going to stay focused on Afghanistan.”

    Additionally, Andrews said that the US military is “hopeful Pakistan will take action because not only do we feel it is going to serve Afghanistan, but it’s going to help protect Pakistan, India and the entire region.”

    Pakistan routinely denies that the Taliban or any other jihadist group is permitted to use the country as a safe haven, and instead blamed India for regional instability. The Pakistani victim narrative falls apart when looking at how the government and military allow the Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani Network, and groups allied jihadist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Mullah Nazir Group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen, Hizbul Mujahideen, and Jaish-e-Mohammed to operate in the open without fear of reprisal from the state. [See LWJ report, In response to Trump, Pakistan claims no terrorist groups operate on its soil.]

    Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.
     
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    hey Yankees folk tell us how intelligence agencies work? should we teach you ????
     
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    Hot pursuit to neaturalise Pakistans WMDs, the real objective of Afghan war.
     
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    This is unexpected...
    Can be a trap..
     
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    There has been a rise of such rhetoric against Pakistan in the US press for quite sometime. Wonder what the hell is the Pak. embassy doing to counter such articles and present another view of the country in the press?
     
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    We have no authority to enter Pakistan, US parameters only surround Afghanistan: Pentagon
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    US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. PHOTO: REUTERS

    US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Tuesday said that Pakistan has taken positive steps in the right direction in the crackdown on terrorist groups, Radio Pakistan reported.

    During a press briefing in Washington, Nauert also said that the meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas last week in Washington discussed US’ South Asia strategy.

    The spokesperson further said that Pakistan can play a critical role in bringing Afghan Taliban to the negotiation table.

    The Pentagon, on Monday, said that there are no plans for US forces in Afghanistan to cross international borders in order to chase the Taliban or other terrorist groups conducting attacks inside Afghanistan.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews told Pajhwok Afghan News, “Say, for example, we have troops in contact and then the Taliban forces go across the border. They are clearly inside Pakistan then. There’s no change with regards to respecting the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan.”

    US Vice President Pence says Pakistan ‘must do more’ against Taliban

    Andrews reiterated that they would not be entering Pakistan, but there can be exceptions. It was not going to be a routine operation, it’s not going to be normal day-to-day operational rules of engagement, the spokesperson stated.

    “To be clear, US military authorities are within the borders of Afghanistan only. We have no authority to go into Pakistan. If there is a way to get that authority, but that would certainly be the exception and not the norm,” a spokesperson for the Department of Defense said.

    “If the Taliban reside in Pakistan and we are able to provide safety and support and to help secure districts and provinces within Afghanistan, I think that is a tradeoff that we’re willing to make. Because it’s not necessarily about these people over in Pakistan, it is about the Afghan people,” Andrews said.

    “And what happens in Pakistan, we can’t have any control on that. I certainly think that in the east, in the southeast, we have more, whether it’s close air support, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. We have certainly put more combat enablers there to limit the effect of those groups,” he further added.

    Andrews further added that the US will focus on regaining the provinces that the Taliban claimed or contested, adding that there was enough work to be done inside Afghanistan to reduce their influence and provide more security to the citizens.

    The US will, however, expect Pakistan to ensure that there are no sanctuaries where the Taliban or others could reside, “that’s something that Pakistan is going to have to do,” he added.

    Andrews said the focus of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ trip to Afghanistan last week was to review progress on the South Asia Policy and see the preparedness of the Afghan security forces for the upcoming fighting season. “We are hopeful Pakistan will take action because not only do we feel it is going to serve Afghanistan, but it’s going to help protect Pakistan, India and the entire region,” he argued.

    All terrorist sanctuaries including Haqqani network eliminated, says DG ISPR

    Last week, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that sanctuaries of all terrorists groups, including the Haqqani network, have been eliminated from Pakistan’s soil.

    “Pakistan has paid a huge price in this campaign, including losing over 75,000 lives and bearing a loss of more than $123 billion to the national exchequer,” he said while speaking to Gulf News.

    The DG ISPR said the operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has been launched to eliminate remaining disorganised residual presence of militants. The recent military offensives against the terrorists have visibly reduced the level of violence throughout the country, he added.

    Major General Ghafoor said that over 200,000 Pakistani troops have been deployed along the Pak-Afghan border in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). He said Pakistan has also started to fence the entire 2,611km length of Pak-Afghan border and construction of new posts along the border to deny free cross-border movement of terrorists.
     
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    Is it the second effect of the border fencing ? Then it is good effect.

    But the very sad point is that have proposed to fence border since many years, but the new friends of balochi sardars and of sindhis feudals mafia like wadera shadera, and USA, were fully opposed... Had the fence already built, there wouldn't any cross border attacks and thus in no way Pakistan would gave been made scapegoat of their failures.


    But we should always stay alert, USA are masters of deceit
     
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    americans r just making sure that people should believe that talibans r living in Pakistan and due to them they cant have peace in afghanistan which is an utter non sense.... the fact is afghan gov and foreign forces there dont have writ all over afghanistan at all
     
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    Good that they realised it and acknowledged it. Now we can move forward.
     
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    And I suspect a bigger USA plan.

    Pakistan should, must speed up the border fencing and high tech monitoring of the border.

    They (USA) will push ISIS terrorists inside Pakistan and then try with the help of their feudals friends in Baluchistan, to explode key ally of China that Pakistan is.

    We should be ready for the final fight, the fight for our survival.
     
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    Zero fvck is given what the Yanks believe or say. Trying to act relevant.

    The Yanks have lost all credibility vis a vis Pakistan. These statements are just for window dressing.
     
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    yankees we dont give a shit
     
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    I think it's about to happen.
     
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