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A Pledge to Halt Taliban Raids From Pakistan

Senior American, Afghan and Pakistani generals convened a new commission today that they said was the first real effort to halt raids into Afghanistan from Pakistan by the Taliban and other militants. The commission, which met in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, was an idea agreed upon between Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, and Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, during their meeting in Islamabad in April. But the impetus has come from American diplomats and military officials in Afghanistan who have been increasingly frustrated as militants from Pakistan have attacked coalition troops and Afghan government soldiers. The American commander of the American-led coalition in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. John R. Vines, led the American delegation. The Afghan national security adviser, Zalmai Rasul, headed the Afghanistan delegation and the Pakistani chief of military operations, Maj. Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, headed the Pakistani side. Full Story

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