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US, Pakistani, Afghan and NATO Commanders Coordinate War on Terror

Military and diplomatic officials from Pakistan, the United States and Afghanistan have met near the Pakistani capital to discuss regional cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism.

Senior generals from three countries, who meet regularly under the commonly known Tripartite Commission, also reviewed the security situation along the Afghan-Pakistani border and efforts to fight militants.

But Tuesday's gathering in Rawalpindi was the first to be attended by representatives of NATO-led troops, which are set to take over control of security in southern Afghanistan next month.

The talks focused on ways to connect all parties to an intelligence data-base on militant activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan and how to improve security in the southern Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

Afghanistan has repeatedly charged that the Taleban stage attacks inside Afghanistan from Pakistani territory and the Pakistani government is not doing enough to control them. Pakistan denies the charge.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant-General Karl Eikenberry, led the American delegation, while Lieutenant-General David Richards represented NATO-led peacekeepers.

Also in attendance were the head of operations of the Afghan National Army, Lieutenant-General Sher Karimi, as well as director General of Military Operations of the Pakistani Army, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.