29 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-663

NATO Secretary General sees progress with border security

NORTH-EASTERN AFGHANISTAN — NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer discusses coordination of joint Afghan and Pakistan operations with a member of Pakistan’s Frontier Corps at the Khyber Border Coordination Center in north-eastern Afghanistan. (ISAF Photo)

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer visited several locations across north-eastern Afghanistan Nov. 27 to discuss border operations, be briefed by key leaders and meet with soldiers.

Scheffer arrived in Jalalabad Airfield in Nangarhar province and sat down for a briefing with Major General Jeffrey Schloesser, Regional Command-East commander. He later visited the Khyber Border Coordination Center, where he met with key Afghan, Pakistani and ISAF military leaders. There, he was briefed on the cooperative operations along the border, including some aspects of Operation Lionheart, a combined and real-time intelligence sharing operation between ISAF, PAKMIL and the Frontier Corps.

The Khyber Border Coordination Center, which includes the combined work of personnel from all three organizations, allows for communication and coordination of security on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

“I see challenges, but I see also a lot of progress,” Scheffer said. “I think this coordination centre is an excellent example of fighting the insurgency in the most efficient way.”

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