US, Pakistan, Afghanistan to create joint military force

September 24th, 2008 - 4:52 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 24 (Xinhua) The US is discussing with Pakistan and Afghanistan to create a joint military force to combat insurgents in the two south Asian nations, a senior US official confirmed Tuesday.”We’re obviously taking a good look at it. We’re going to analyse it and see where we go from here,” State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood said, adding that “We will probably have something to say once we’ve done a thorough analysis of it.”

Last month, officials from the three countries began discussing the creation of a joint military force for anti-insurgency operations on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the Washington Post quoted Afghan Defence Minister Rahim Wardak as saying Tuesday.

“The terrorists have not recognised any boundaries. So to fight them, we have to eventually come up with some arrangement, together with our neighbour Pakistan,” Wardak said.

“Pakistan’s government is considering the plan. They say they are looking at it,” he added.

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