ISAF rules out operations inside Pakistan
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has rejected some Afghan media reports that NATO-led troops were planning to conduct joint operations with the Pakistani military inside that country.
"This is not true. ISAF, by its mandate, is only permitted to conduct operations inside Afghanistan," said Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz, the spokesperson for multinational force.
On Monday, some media outlets, citing a recent meeting between Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and ISAF Commander Gen. John R. Allen, hinted at the joint cross-border offensive.
Katz said the meeting was incorrectly reported. "ISAF continues to dialogue with the Pakistani military through the Tripartite Commission on ways to improve the security situation along the Afghan-Pakistan border."
Part of this effort included discussion of coordinating ISAF and Pakistani military operations on their respective sides of the border, as well as establishing border coordination centers, he explained.
“But ISAF forces are not planning to conduct operations inside Pakistan," the spokesman reiterated, saying Allen and Ibrahimi discussed recent cross-border fire in Kunar. They agreed that this issue must be brought to the Tripartite Commission.
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