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US says it has "nearly completed" troop reduction in Pakistan

June 11, 2011 - Islamabad

The US military has confirmed that it has reduced the number of its personnel in Pakistan following a request from the government.

"We recently received a written request from the government of Pakistan to reduce the number of US military personnel here and we have nearly completed that reduction," The Express Tribune quoted Vice Admiral Michael LeFever, the US Defence Representative in Pakistan, as saying.

On May 25, the Pentagon had confirmed that Pakistan had notified the US in writing to cut its troops in the country, and that troop reductions had begun.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan did not disclose the number of trainers currently in Pakistan, but said that the entire military mission comes to between 200 and 300 people, while other Pakistani and US military sources in Pakistan said the component numbered around 120.

LeFever's statement comes a day after Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani told a corps commanders meeting that Pakistan's military ties with the US had been reassessed in view of the joint parliamentary resolution passed last month following the May 2 Abbottabad operation.

Pakistan's Parliament has called for a review of anti-terror cooperation with the US following the midnight unilateral raid by US Navy SEALs to kill Osama bin Laden at his hideout in the garrison city of Abbottabad.


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