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Mullen: Taliban hideouts can be shut down

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By Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that he thinks it is possible that the Pakistani military can shut down Taliban hideouts on its soil to prevent insurgents from moving back and forth across the long, porous border with Afghanistan.

A day after President Barack Obama released a review of the U.S. war strategy, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Kabul that fixing the problem is critical to making progress in the war. But he said he's encouraged by what Pakistan has already done to go after insurgents on its side of the border.

"I certainly think it is very possible that the Pakistani military will achieve the goal," he said.

A five-page public summary of the White House's classified Afghanistan War review said dealing with safe havens would require greater cooperation with Pakistan along the border. The areas of most concern — the Pakistani provinces of North Waziristan and Baluchistan — are not mentioned by name.


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