12 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-098

Cooperation marks effort along Afghanistan-Pakistan border

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), Pakistan military forces, and ISAF forces are actively thwarting terrorism along the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan through communication, coordination and cooperation.

“When conducting combat operations, we use our technology, training and experience to minimize the risk to friendly forces. Unfortunately, we’re fighting an enemy that chooses to operate in the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan therefore close coordination is required,” Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel, Regional Command-East deputy commanding general for operations said. “We are working continuously to improve information-sharing, communication and coordination between all our forces.”

Votel stated last week that similar coordination prevented a planned rocket attack against a forward operating base near the border.

Senior military leaders from ANSF, Pakistan military, and ISAF forces regularly meet to discuss security operations and concerns, said Army Maj. Isaac Battle, planner on the RC - E headquarters staff. These meetings, called Border Security Subcommittee Meetings, are a subset to the Tri-partite Commission.

“The Border Security Subcommittee Meetings was established to address border security issues,” said Battle. Tactical commanders routinely meet in Border Flag Meetings to discuss specific details and coordination. Direct coordination and communication is essential to reducing risk to all forces in the area, Votel said.

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