On December 26, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan announced the plan to mine and fence parts of the border. He said the plan was meant to supplement measures already in force to prevent militants from crossing the border into Afghanistan.
Afghanistan criticized the plan as failing to "confront terrorists in a real manner."
U.S. and Afghan officials have long said that militants use Pakistani territory as a base of operations for launching attacks into Afghanistan.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
LISTENListen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):
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