ABC News' Luis Martinez Reports:
The Pentagon said today that Pakistan has asked the U.S. military to reduce the number of forces it has serving in Pakistan. Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan says the U.S. currently has more than 200 military personnel in Pakistan, all assigned to the Office of the Defense Representative – Pakistan (ODRP) – a liaison office to the Pakistani military. Also included in that number are about 100 military trainers whose job it is to “train the trainers” within the Pakistani Frontier Corps, the paramilitary group that serves within the tribal areas that border Afghanistan.
The number of U.S. personnel varies depending on how many are needed to meet Pakistan’s training needs. Just days after the Bin Laden raid, Lapan said the number was just under 300.
Today , Lapan said, “We were recently (within past 2 weeks) notified in writing that the government of Pakistan wished for the U.S. to reduce its footprint in Pakistan. Accordingly, we have begun those reductions. ”
The Pakistani reduction is part of the fallout from the US military raid on the bin Laden compound. Lapan did not have information as to how much the US presence would be reduced.
- Luis Martinez Reports