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February 23, 2009
U.S. secretly trains Pakistani soldiers to fight insurgents

The battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents in both Afghanistan and Pakistan¬†appears to be an expanding war, one also being conducted in secret by American military advisers and technical specialists inside Pakistan. More than 70 American Special Forces troops are training Pakistani soldiers, part of what The New York Times calls a “secret task force, overseen by the United states Central Command and Special Operations Command.”

In recent days, the U.S. has stepped up air strikes launched from unmanned drone aircraft.

The news of increased U.S. involvement comes as some of Pakistan’s senior officials are headed to Washington.

Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar in residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and a former U.S. State Department intelligence analyst specializing on Pakistan and Afghanistan, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the current situation in Pakistan, the stepped-up drone attacks and the scheduled meeting in Washington with Pakistani and Afghani civilian and military leaders.

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To: Professor Marvin Weinbaum first of all I think It’s interesting Pakistan is a beautiful place with a future in front of them tose people will one day come together as a people that’s what is expected since they are a people they should also recognize the truths about there current rules inspite of what they did. In the swat valley there is hope what ever we are they also maintain good efforts they should learn more Pakistan has always been a place I wanted to visit I believe my roots are a part of there’s there’s always a solution to the problems in the world in which that happen I think I think on there side it’s should be coming to and end some of them will reach new heights to what really matters.

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