Afghan campaign gains from India-Pakistan thaw


The thaw in relations appears already to be offering some respite to the U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban, at a time when good news is desperately needed to offset the reports of rising casualties in the Afghan war.

U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said on Wednesday the Pakistan Army had moved "a very large number of troops" from the eastern border to the western border in a "significant redeployment".

He gave no numbers and analysts say some of those troops have been moved in preparation for a planned offensive against Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan.

But the United States is also keen to ensure that the Pakistan Army is ready to prevent Taliban militants moving into Pakistan's Baluchistan province following a U.S. and British military offensive in neighbouring southern Afghanistan.

The redeployment does not mean the army is turning its back on its traditional enemy, nor that troops cannot be rushed back east as they were during a military stand-off with India in 2001/2002 and more recently following the Mumbai attack.

It does however improve the possibility of coordination between U.S. and Pakistani military operations against the Taliban; something that was widely seen as lacking following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

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Positive news if this can keep up


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Well, not bad at all. The Russians are assisting with access, the Pakistan gobment is mucking in, and we have a huge multinational effort in Afghan itself.

Let's see if it brings the desired results.

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