US orders review in Afghan strategy after tensions with Pak over unilateral strikes

September 25th, 2008 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington , Sept 25 (ANI): In the wake of the recent surge in tensions with Pakistan over unilateral strikes by US-led forces from across the Afghan border, the US administration has reportedly called for a review of US strategy in Afghanistan .

A senior Pentagon official said that US President George Bush has ordered a review of US strategy in Afghanistan , amid rising insurgent violence and tensions with Pakistan .

The review is being led by Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, a deputy national security adviser, with the participation of senior representatives from the Pentagon and other departments, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Clearly this seems to be a larger, more cross-governmental approach to what we do here on a regular basis. I think we”re trying to get everything in order and make sure were on a footing for long-term success, the Pentagon official said while referring to Pentagons regular reviews of military strategy.

With only months left to the current administration, the White House wants to move quickly, the official said, and added I wouldn”t necessarily assume that there is going to be a complete new strategy. That’’s what’’s being considered. Are these things that require adjustments?

After his recent meeting with Bush two days ago, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had appeared Satisfied saying that the US President mindset favoured stopping the unilateral strikes from across the Afghan border. Though, he was non-committal at Bushs clear assurances on the issue. (ANI)

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