Pakistan tells CIA chief no U.S. boots on the ground


Reuters
June 11, 2011

CIA Director Leon Panetta told Pakistan’s army and intelligence chiefs that he was concerned about a reduction of U.S. troops allowed in the country, but was bluntly told no American boots would be allowed on the ground, Pakistani military officials.

Panetta, nominated to take over as defense secretary next month, arrived in Pakistan Friday in an unannounced visit, his first trip since a secret U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden and severely damaged ties between the allies.

Pakistan’s army said Thursday it had drastically cut down on the number of U.S. troops allowed in the country and set clear limits on intelligence sharing with the United States.

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