US Agrees to Limit Troops in Pakistan

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has agreed to limit the number of military personnel stationed in Pakistan.

Pakistan called for the reduction after U.S. special forces killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2. The raid further strained ties between the United States and Pakistan.

This week, U.S. officials, who did not want to be named, told news agencies that a new agreement between the two countries cuts the number of U.S. troops allowed in Pakistan by half, to between 100 and 150.

The number of elite special operations trainers will also be drastically reduced — from around 140 to as few as a dozen.

Immediately after the U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound, Pakistan called for the U.S. to withdraw personnel who were helping train Pakistan's military in counterinsurgency.

In June, Pakistani security officials said that about 90 of the approximately 130 U.S. trainers had been sent home.