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Report: US approaches formal agreement to use Pakistan’s airspace - asumetech

Last updated Saturday, October 23, 2021 18:12 ET , Source: TopWireNews

In August, after a deadly attack on American soldiers by ISIS militants outside Kabul Airport, President Joe Biden struck a harsh tone, saying the US would respond with “force and precision” to the terrorists.
“To those who to behave out this attack, net as anyone who wishes America evil, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said at the time. “I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”
After the fall of Kabul, counter-terrorism experts have expressed concern over the presence of terrorist groups like ISIS-K in Afghanistan. In a hearing in September, Gen. Mark Milley, President of the joint chiefs of Staff, said it could take Al Qaeda six up to 36 months to reconstitute in Afghanistan.
Pakistan “expressed the wish” to sign a memorandum of Understanding in stock exchange for help with its counter-terrorism efforts with India, although negotiations are underway, CNN reported on Saturday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan released a statement on Saturday in response to questions over the report “referring to formalization” of an agreement for the use of Pakistani airspace to be carried out by the United States military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan,” claiming that “no such concept existed” in place.”
“Pakistan and the US have a long-term partnership on regional security and counter-terrorism and the two sides remain concerned in regular consultation”, the...

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