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Gates: US troops won't be sent to Pakistan

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary
Robert Gates says there are no plans to deploy U.S. ground troops
to Pakistan.
Gates told about 300 Marines at Camp Leatherneck in southern
Afghanistan, Gates assured them that they wouldn't be fighting in
the neighboring sovereign nation. Increasing violence between
Pakistani troops and Taliban militants has raised concerns.
During a 12-minute question-and-answer session in sweltering
heat, Gates told a sergeant he didn't have to "worry about going
to Pakistan."
Gates also told the Marines that the Pentagon was working on
getting troops more time at home between deployments in battle
zones.


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