US to bolster Afghan-Pakistan border

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A senior US official says Washington will train special Afghan forces to improve fragile security situation along the border with Pakistan, Press TV reported.

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is on a two-day visit to Afghanistan, said such training was critical to rein in militants along the porous border region.

"In coordination with US and Afghan military forces, the dedicated civilian Department of Homeland Security personnel assisting the Afghan government with customs and border control have made significant progress in disrupting Al-Qaeda operations in the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan," she said in a statement released by her office.

US officials said several staff members from the Department of Homeland Security are already working to help boost security in Afghanistan. This is while dozens of more American military experts are expected to arrive in the war-ravaged country in coming weeks.

The developments come as Commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus has recently hinted that the Western military alliance will increase its operations along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

"We want to do more hammer and anvil operations," Petraeus said in late December, 2010.

US Vice President Joe Biden has recently said that Washington was seeking to increase its presence in Pakistan because militants seek to "bring down" the Islamabad government.

"Our overarching goal and our rationale for being there is to dismantle, ultimately defeat al-Qaeda... to make sure that terrorists do not, in fact, bring down the Pakistani government, which is a nuclear power," Biden said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" in mid December.

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