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Department of Defense Supports Pakistan's Anti-Taliban Operations, Hopes for Sustained Effort

Magazine article DISAM Journal

Department of Defense Supports Pakistan's Anti-Taliban Operations, Hopes for Sustained Effort

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[The following article originally appeared in DefenseLink, 28 April 2009.]

Defense leaders are "clearly pleased" to see the Pakistani military take action against increasingly emboldened Taliban forces and have offered additional support if Pakistan's government will accept it to promote a sustained effort, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Administration Mike Mullen, and others have expressed "a very real concern" about the eroding security situation in Pakistan in recent weeks, Morrell told reporters.

   They and others in this building were clearly pleased to see the
   Pakistan military take the initiative over the past couple of days
   and push back against the militants who had been encroaching ever
   further toward Islamabad, he said.

Taliban forces have moved in recent weeks from the Swat Valley into the Buner and Dir districts. But in recent days, Pakistani ground troops and heavy artillery have moved into the region to assault guerilla hideouts, with Pakistani jets and helicopters attacking Taliban positions from overhead.

   We think the military operations that are under way in Buner and
   Dir districts are exactly the appropriate response to the offensive
   operations by the Taliban and other militants over the past few
   weeks. And so we are hopeful and encouraging of the Pakistan
   military that they are able to sustain these operations against the
   militants and to stem this encroachment on the more populated areas
   of Pakistan, Morrell said. … 
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