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    Pakistan helped US hit terror targets By Anwar Iqbal Dawn 02 February 2005 Wednesday 22 Zilhaj 1425 http://www.dawn.com/2005/02/02/top12.htm WASHINGTON,
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      'Pakistan helped US hit terror targets'
      By Anwar Iqbal
      02 February 2005 Wednesday 22 Zilhaj 1425

      WASHINGTON, Feb 1: Pakistani troops have recently helped direct US
      artillery fire at suspected terrorist hideouts inside Pakistan, a
      senior US military officer told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

      Army Col Cardon B. Crawford, the director of operations for the US
      military command in Afghanistan, told a breakfast briefing in
      Washington that this new development was "a huge step forward" in
      the fight against Taliban and Al Qaeda suspects hiding along the
      Afghan-Pakistan border.

      But Pakistan was still refusing to allow US troops to operate inside
      its territory, he added. In the past, the United States had urged
      Pakistan to allow its troops to cross the border while chasing
      Taliban and Al Qaeda suspects fleeing from Afghanistan.

      Islamabad refused to allow these hot-pursuits and instead deployed
      its own troops along the border to prevent the militants from
      crossing into Pakistan. Giving details of the Pakistani cooperation
      in the war against terror, the US military officer said Pakistani
      troops guided US artillery fire into their territory at targets
      Americans believed were terrorist hideouts.

      The Pakistani cooperation, he said, has been very valuable because
      there were no US troops inside Pakistan but he refused to disclose
      where in the tribal region Pakistan had provided this assistance.

      Early last year, Pakistan launched a major military operation in
      Waziristan to flush out Taliban and Al Qaeda suspects believed to be
      hiding there. In what was described as operation "hammer and anvil,"
      Pakistan was to drive the suspects into Afghanistan where US and
      Afghan troops waited to catch them.

      More than 220 Pakistan soldiers were killed and 482 were wounded in
      these operations. Explaining how Pakistani and American troops
      coordinate these artillery shootings, Col Crawford said: "A howitzer
      will shoot, let's say five, six, 10 kilometers.

      There has to be somebody out there who says, 'Here's the target.'
      And when the round lands, he'll say "go left, go right, go up, go
      down." Col Crawford also said he believed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin
      Laden was still hiding in or near the Afghan-Pakistan border region
      and said that US and allied troops were doing their best to catch or
      kill him.

      He said Al Qaeda has become less of a threat in Afghanistan and
      had "no effective presence" inside the country. The Taliban
      leadership, he said, was also divided and the Afghan government was
      working on a plan to further widen these divisions. The Afghan
      elections, he said, have isolated the Taliban and some Taliban
      leaders were now eager to become part of the Afghan political




      Government denies helping direct US artillery fire from Afghanistan
      AFP via Dawn
      02 February 2005 Wednesday 22 Zilhaj 1425

      ISLAMABAD, Feb 02: Government today strongly rejected a US military
      claim that its forces were helping American troops in Afghanistan
      aim artillery fire at rebels on the Pakistani side of the
      border. "Not at all, it is baseless, it has got no truth," military
      spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan told AFP in response to
      remarks by Colonel Cardon Crawford, director of operations for the
      US military command in Afghanistan. (AFP) (Posted @ 14:10 PST)




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