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SOFEX 2010: Pakistan General describes counter-insurgency difficulties

12th May 2010 - 20:30 GMT | by Andrew White in Amman

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The commander of Pakistan's special forces has described the difficulties in conducting counter-insurgency operations along the border with Afghanistan, the Middle-East Special Operations Commanders Conference has heard.

Addressing delegates including multinational special forces commanders in Amman, Jordan on 10 May, Special Services Group General Officer Commanding, Maj Gen Mohammed Haroon Al-Salam said ‘hundreds' of operations has been conducted in the Swat Valley since Pakistan entered the Global War On Terror in 2003.

Describing how militants were using the routes to cross into Afghanistan in order to avoid Pakistani military operations, Al-Salam said his country's focus was on ‘supporting coalition operations

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