US: Pakistan will keep up counterinsurgency fight

August 25, 2010 20:01

WASHINGTON – Pakistan has assured the United States it will press its campaign against insurgents inside its borders despite the extraordinary demands the devastating floods have inflicted on its military, US officials said Wednesday.

The US military official leading the US flood relief mission in Pakistan said he is confident that Islamabad will continue the fight, but deflected questions about whether the pace or scope of its efforts might change.

Pakistan will maintain a "dedicated, committed struggle against violent extremism," said Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata.

Other US officials cautioned that Pakistan's army will be stretched thin by flood relief efforts for at least several more weeks.

The United States wants Islamabad to expand its pursuit of insurgents farther into North Waziristan, a border area next to Afghanistan often described as lawless. US officials are hoping for assurances that Pakistan will not rule out that expansion because of the demands of flood relief.

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