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Pentagon denies conducting drone strike in Pakistan

Pentagon denies conducting drone strike in Pakistan

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:53

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Pentagon on Thursday strongly refuted Pakistaninfo-icon’s claim that it carried out a drone strike on a refugee camp inside its territory.

“I can confirm that there were not any Department of Defense airstrikes outside of Afghanistaninfo-icon on January 24,” said Lt Col Mike Andrews, Department of Defense spokesman.

Drone strikes are normally conducted either by the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) or the military. The CIA, however, declined to comment on the issue.

Pakistan condemned the US drone strike in Kurram Agency, saying the "unilateral actions ... are detrimental to the spirit of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism."

Haqqani Networkinfo-icon commander Ehsan, alias Khawari, and two of his companions were reportedly killed during the drone strike in Kurram Agency.

Meanwhile the Pentagon said America’s critical ground and air lines of communication for its troop in Afghanistan remained uninterrupted

“As of now, the ground and air lines of communication that pass through Pakistan to support our forces in Afghanistan remain open, remain working.

“I think that's a pretty strong signal of Pakistan's position,” Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

The Pentagon refused to entertain questions on reported drone strikes by US forces in Pakistan. It underscored the importance of Pakistan in resolving the Afghan crisis.

“We've said many times this is an inflection point in the relationship. We want Pakistan to be a part of the solution in the region… We want Pakistan to work with us, because terrorism is a threat to all of us,” Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said.

“We want to have Pakistan work with us to provide regional security. The administration has taken a regional approach and Pakistan should be a part of that solution,” she said.

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