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U.S. Says No Plans to Chase Militants Into Pakistan

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had no current plans to chase Islamic militants fleeing its forces in Afghanistan into Pakistan, despite comments by the U.S. ambassador suggesting it might have to do so. According to news reports Ambassador to Kabul Zalmay Khalilzad said in a speech in Washington on Monday that Pakistan must eliminate terrorist sanctuaries or the United States would have to step in and do so itself. Although Pakistan is a key ally in the U.S.-led “war on terror,” U.S. forces are not currently allowed to conduct combat operations inside the country. U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Matt Beevers told a news conference in Kabul it would be inappropriate for him to comment on Khalilzad’s remarks. Full Story

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