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Flood Duties To Shape Terror War, US

Aug 26th 2010 at 9:56 AM

Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has up to date the United States that the use of his troops on flood duties could affect their effort to safe and sound the Pak-Afghan boundary, says a senior US general. Marine Corps commander Gen James Conway, who returned from a visit to Pakistan last week, observed, the Pakistani leadership was consumed with responding to the result of the flood tragedy. Gen Kayani cautioned me that the participation of his army in the flood relief would for a time detract from their hard work to safe the Pakistani boundary. The US not only realized the gravity of the condition but also was doing its best to assist its Pakistani associates. Gen Conway said that since Aug 12, he had organized 2,200 Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to assist Pakistan. Eight CH-46s and four CH-53s helicopters from his command had evacuated 3,075 people and delivered more than 650,000 pounds of cargo. Another Marine Expeditionary Unit, 26-MEU, leaves the US on Thursday to contribute to the catastrophe relief, and should be off the coast of Pakistan by mid-to-late-September. We offered an astonishing capability here. We offered to have the aircraft self-deploy all the way to Pakistan from the eastern coast of the United States, Gen Conway said. The new commander of the US Central Command wanted some long-term power in the area to help the Pakistanis, while explaining why Marine expeditionary units were sent to that area. The general noted that the judgment to entrust some Marines from Afghanistan strips US commanders in that country of their capability to respond elsewhere in theatre but Washington decided to commit them because it believed Pakistan needed instantaneous support.


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