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Soft Borders: Not a good idea

A battle between U.S. forces and insurgents in eastern Afghanistan spilled across the border into Pakistan during the weekend, and witnesses said U.S. rocket fire killed five Pakistani tribesmen.

U.S. attack helicopters opened fire in Lawara Mandai, a Pakistani border town in the North Waziristan tribal region, as U.S. forces pursued insurgents after what the U.S. military called an ambush by guerrillas, officials and residents said.

Although Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf quietly allows U.S. “hot pursuit” missions when guerrillas cross from Afghanistan into Pakistan, opposition groups have denounced the incursions as illegal attacks on sovereign Pakistani territory.[U.S. tracks insurgents to Pakistan, killing 12]

Aah, this is why Musharraf rejected the idea of soft borders.

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