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U.S. Seeks More Afghan, Pakistan Pressure On Militants

A convoy of trucks on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border (file photo) 15 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A senior U.S. official says Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States need to improve their cooperation to put more pressure on militants operating along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

News agencies also quote the official, who spoke to a small group of reporters on condition of anonymity, as saying U.S. officials do not know for sure where Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is hiding.

The official said that if Pakistani and Afghan forces applied pressure on their respective sides of the border at the same time, militants could be caught in the middle.

The official warned that violence was likely to increase as Afghanistan heads toward its September 18 parliamentary elections, but said it was important for Afghans to stay on course for the vote.

The official said it is believed that Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements were "very demoralized" after last year's Afghan presidential elections.


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