Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Afghan, Pakistani forces continue to clash along border

For the second consecutive day, Afghan and Pakistani forces collided along their shared border near Teri Mangal, an Afghan town, The Associated Press reported yesterday. This area, governed by neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan, has been the site of recent clashes due to the attempted erection of a Pakistani security fence along the harsh border terrain.

Although both sides claim a peaceful resolution to the border dispute, the existence of Pashtuns on either side of the border presents a challenge due to apparent ethnic divides with the Afghan people.

The clash comes amidst a meeting in Pakistan between Rahmatullah Rahmat, an Afghan governor; U.S. military advisors; and Pakistani officials. Although the assailants are unknown, this border region is notorious for Taliban activity.

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