US military presence reduced in Pakistan: Embassy

Published: June 10, 2011

US embassy statement says presence of US military personnel has been reduced after Pakistan govt's request.

ISLAMABAD: The presence of United States military personnel in Pakistan has been reduced, according to a US embassy statement issued on Friday.

“Following a request from the government of Pakistan, the number of United States military personnel in Pakistan has been reduced,” said Vice Admiral Michael LeFever, Chief of the Office of the Defense Representative in Pakistan.

“We recently received a written request from the Government of Pakistan to reduce the number of US military personnel here and we have nearly completed that reduction,” he said.

He also said that the US government felt “honored to partner with the Pakistan military” and that their service members here provide excellent support to Pakistan’s military in the fight against violent extremists.

LeFever also added that US military personnel in Pakistan include trainers who work with Pakistani security forces. The total number of US military forces in Pakistan is determined at the request of and in conjunction with the government and military of Pakistan.

“When the Government of Pakistan requests assistance, the US remains ready to help with the security requirements of Pakistan.” LeFever concluded.

US, NATO not involved in Shaltalao attack

The US embassy denied allegations that US and NATO forces aided the insurgent attack in the Shaltalo area of Upper Dir on June 1.

In a press release issued by the embassy, the allegations were rejected as being false.

“US, NATO and Afghan forces have been conducting an aggressive counter-insurgency campaign in the border region of Afghanistan for almost 10 years. The United States and Pakistan have actively cooperated against the violent extremists that threaten us both,” it said.
The embassy statement also added that reporting baseless allegations is irresponsible and demeans the sacrifices of the civilians and military personnel who have fallen in our common fight against violent extremism.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 5:53PM

    US military presence reduced in Pakistan Really ?? Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:16PM

    And this accomplishes what? The drone attacks will continue so long as terrorist find a de facto sanctuary within Pakistan – those attacks will continue even if the embassy was closed and every American left Pakistani soil. America has made it clear — it will not allow terrorist to find sanctuary within Pakistan — it’s a subject that the rest of the World happens to agree with the USA.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:59PM

    This is foolish. The US troops were providing training.Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:05PM

    @ Cautious – bingo. You are 100% right.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 11, 2011 - 2:03AM

    Did Pakistan army finally admit that there were US troops in Pakistan, with their knowledge and cooperation? US would not waste its soldiers in Pakistan anymore than they actually needed. After finding the OBL in the heart of Pakistan army and killing him, the Americans do not need to look for another OBL. Their major task is completed and they announced the victory.

    In addition after catching the army red handed protecting OBL, they have great leverage over army/ISI. Now the real cooperation has started and is bearing fruit for the Americans. No wonder more drone attacks are sending more terrorists to the waiting virgins. For the US, Pakistan army is finally doing what is right for both Pakistan and America. No more double talk and supporting terrorists. No wonder Mullah Umar and his shura has disappeared from Quetta and Kashmiri is toast. America has Pakistani army and ISI exactly where they want. Recommend

  • san
    Jun 11, 2011 - 4:35AM

    thats not the solution…Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 11, 2011 - 9:46AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.US’ troops reduction in Pakistan is not the solution.The solution only is that the US troops must be withdrawn completely from Pakistan’s soul so that terrorist’s attacks could be controlled easily in Pakistan in the future because in PNS Mehran Karachi terrorist attack the terrorists were trained like US naval commandos and this proves that US’ detective agencies may be involved in PNS Mehran base attack.Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2011 - 12:44PM

    @Ahmer Ali:
    Just stop talking for the sake of your own country.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:21AM

    @Mark:
    Withdraw all US troops from Pakistan as soon as possible so that the real peace,calmness and tranquility could be gotten and the most important thing,id est,real,true and in practical sense self-reliance.Recommend

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