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US secret forces are intensifying their cross-border raids into Pakistani tribal areas because of fears of a high-profile al-Qaeda attack during the American election campaign, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
Robert Gates, the defence secretary, told lawmakers last week that an estimated 30 to 40 per cent of attacks in Afghanistan were staged by fighters based in, or commanded from, Pakistan - a significant rise on previous years.
A top American military official said on Thursday that Pakistani and American ground troops exchanged fire along the volatile border with Afghanistan, after the Pakistanis fired shots or flares at two American helicopters. However, the two American OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters were not damaged, and no casualties were reported.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Taliban forces will likely stage a new wave of attacks in Afghanistan before winter sets in, the country's defense minister said as he renewed calls for a joint US-Afghan-Pakistan border force.
"I believe we have experienced the worst of this year's fighting" but "we should expect one more enemy effort before winter," Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said during a visit to the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.