Britain to amplify military and intelligence presence in Pakistan : ReportMay 5th, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by ANI
London,May 5 (ANI): Concerned by the expanding threat from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, Britain is planning to amplify its military and intelligence presence in Pakistan to help the country counter the existential threat, the Guardian reports.
According to the newspaper, Whitehall officials have revealed that at least 20 ‘military advisers’ will interact with the Pakistani army and particularly with the Frontier Corps and advice them over planning more effective strategies to counter the extremists.
This is not the first instance where western military experts would be lending strategic support to the Pakistan Army against the terrorists.
In 2008, a joint British-American team of military instructors trained about 120 senior Pakistan soldiers in tactics, weapons and communications techniques.
The training programmes have resulted in greater success for the Army over a period of time, which otherwise has struggled to challenge the extremists.
According to an estimate, a Pakistani commando unit within the Frontier Corps used CIA-provided intelligence to kill or capture up to 60 militants in military operations carried out in the restive and law less tribal regions along the Afghanistan border. (ANI)
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