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Afghanistan, Pakistan, U.S. Officials Discuss Partnership

By 1st Lt. Heidi Brockman
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 8, 2004 – Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. military and diplomatic officials met here today to develop a common understanding of current operations along the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"We will continue to work with the Afghanistan and Pakistan security forces in any way that serves our common objectives of defeating terrorism, denying sanctuary and strengthening cooperative security," said Brig. Gen. Charles Jacoby, deputy commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force 76. "The coalition will continue its aggressive operations and reconstruction efforts on the Afghanistan side of the border as the Pakistan military continues its operations within its own borders."

The U.S. delegation hosted the subcommittee meeting, called The Military Information Exchange Subcommittee of the Tripartite Commission.

"We are delighted with the success so far of the recent Pakistan military offensive, and are completely confident in its success," Jacoby said.

The delegates discussed specific practical initiatives intended to improve existing cooperation along the border, such as the positioning of radio and phone communications equipment. The meeting also included an update on Pakistani military operations in the border region. The subcommittee is scheduled to meet again in late July.

(1st Lt. Heidi Brockman is assigned to Combined Joint Task Force 76, Bagram, Afghanistan.)

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