US Joint Chiefs to Obama: Root out havens in Pakistan

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February 3, 2009 20:51

A classified Pentagon report urged US President Barack Obama to shift US military strategy in Afghanistan by de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan. The report advises closer US military cooperation with Pakistani forces and increased training, said officials who confirmed the essence of the plan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the plan publicly. A senior defense official said Tuesday that it would likely take several weeks before the Obama administration rolls out its long-term strategy for Afghanistan.


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