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Defense Secretary Gates: US will work with Pakistan on offensive against Taliban

(Islamabad, Pakistan-AP) February 12, 2007 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates vows the US will work with Pakistan to combat violence in neighboring Afghanistan.

Gates has met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, telling reporters afterwards that the US and Pakistan will work together in a spring offensive against the Taliban.

Gates also says he hopes to play a constructive role in improving relations between Musharraf and the Afghan government.

The defense secretary echoed earlier remarks by American officials that the US allowed for the growth of terrorism in the region by neglecting Afghanistan. Gates says the US "won't make that mistake again."

Posted 10:45pm by Chantelle Janelle

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