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Pak Army expels two-thirds of US military personnel from country

June 9, 2011 - Islamabad

The Pakistan Army has sent home two-thirds of the US military personnel that were present in the country, in the latest setback in the deeply troubled relationship between the United States and Pakistan's military.

A senior Pakistan military official said that 90 of an estimated 135 US military personnel have left the country.

The 90 Americans had been training the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force made up mostly of tribesmen from the Frontier areas, according to the military official.

The US has confirmed it is reducing the number of its military personnel in Pakistan, but has not given an exact figure so far.

"We have reassessed our requirements and sent 90 people home," The Nation quoted the official, as telling a foreign news agency.

Other Americans have also been ordered to leave Pakistan, but the official would not elaborate or provide details, according to the report.

"Where essential elements are required we are keeping them. In very critical areas of maintenance and technical capability, where we do not have the qualified people then we are keeping them," he said. "But otherwise they are being asked to leave."


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