U.S. Military Responds to ABC News Story

Jun 22, 2006 4:45pm

Statement from the Spokesperson for the Coalition in Afghanistan, Col. Collins:

"As a matter of operations security, the Coalition will not comment on the specifics of classified documents.  However, it’s important to remember that the information ABC cites is 18 months old.  This information was compiled during a time and environment that is significantly different from today and by personnel who have long since moved on.  For Afghanistan, it is more important to look to the future than to the past.  The past represents 30 years of war, corruption and brutality.  Afghanistan since 2001 has made significant progress in the areas of governance, justice and reconstruction.  While the people of Afghanistan continue to face many challenges, the Coalition has the utmost confidence in the Government, and we continue to work hand in hand to move this country rapidly forward. 

As your report relates to Pakistan, cooperation between the Coalition, Afghanistan and Pakistan remains very good.  From the tactical to strategic levels, we continue to robustly share intelligence on our common enemy.  Further, when we and our Pakistani allies have precise information on al-Qaeda, we act decisively.  It’s important to remember that no one has killed or captured more senior al-Qaeda terrorists than Pakistan, nor has any other country suffered as many casualties.  Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Coalition remain committed partners in the Global War on Terrorism."

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