Fewer trainers seen among US military in Pakistan

September 29, 2011 02:38


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WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD - US and Pakistani officials are continuing talks on the future US military mission in Pakistan but Washington likely will see its influence on Pakistani special forces curtailed as tensions rage between the two nations.

A US official said both countries had been discussing an agreement that would authorize between 100 and 150 US military personnel to be stationed in Pakistan, fewer than have been there in the recent past.

"That's what they're driving toward," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The nature and size of the US military presence in Pakistan remains in doubt, like the overall relationship, after the top US military officer drew links last week between Pakistan's intelligence agency and a violent militant group blamed for attacks on American targets in Afghanistan.

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