Pakistan has reopened the Khyber Pass, allowing supply trucks through
the vital route to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. The route had
been closed for three days to battle militants.
traffic through to the border for five hours Friday and say they will
open the road for similar periods in the next few days. They said
security forces will continue their offensive aimed at stopping the
spate of recent attacks on military convoys and supply depots.
top official in the border region showed reporters a large cache of
weapons and ammunition seized during the operation, and said 43
suspected militants and wanted criminals have been arrested.
Also in the northwest, Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike killed at least three militants.
say the missiles destroyed an abandoned school in South Waziristan, in
an area known as a stronghold of a Pakistani Taliban commander,
Pakistan has accused the United States of
using drones to carry out more than 30 attacks on suspected terrorist
targets in the past year. Washington has never confirmed nor denied the
U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan get up to 75
percent of their supplies by road through Pakistan. The Khyber Pass is
the main route.
The top military officers from Afghanistan and
Pakistan met with the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan today to
discuss ways to enhance border security.
At the meeting in
Kabul, the officials, Afghan General Bismullah Khan Mohammadi,
Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and U.S. General David
McKiernan, discussed the establishment of border communication centers
to improve intelligence-sharing between security forces on both sides
of the Afghan-Pakistani frontier.
A coalition statement says one
center already exists near the Khyber Pass, and officers discussed
building another further south, in Paktia province, as well as a larger
Joint Coordination Center. The statement says the goal is to disrupt
militant activity along the border by coordinating the efforts of the
Afghan and Pakistani armies and border police.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.