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Violence along the Af-Pak border increases

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Information received today from Marines on the ground along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border indicates things are “touch-and-go” in their area of operation. Always a high-tension region, things have gotten worse since the weekend as Taliban strongholds have been bombed repeatedly and by all accounts successfully, by the Pakistani Air Force.

In response to the increased activity, the United States has increased surveillance in the region but insists they are not coordinating military operations with Pakistan.

For years, the U.S. government has reached out to Pakistan for its cooperation in ferreting out Taliban insurgents who have taken root in Waziristan, Afghanistan, one of the world’s most lawless places and an area of international concern since 2001.

The recent bombings have sent countless Pakistani civilians fleeing into Afghanistan to avoid the violence. The border between the two countries is extremely porous. While Pakistan asks for documentation to enter into their country, Afghanistan does not.

As the United States prepares to remove all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, U.S. missions have taken a different tone as Afghan Forces prepare to assume responsibility for their own security in the next six months.

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