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Top US officer fears Taliban-Pakistan militants

KABUL (AP) - America's top military officer is expressing concern about the "growing level of collusion" between Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and al-Qaida and other militants across the border in Pakistan.

Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters Monday that he will discuss the issue with Pakistani authorities during talks in Islamabad later this week. Mullen made the comments after arriving in Kabul to discuss the upcoming U.S. troop surge.

Painting a grim picture, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Afghan insurgents are dominant in a third of Afghanistan's provinces and he is "deeply concerned about the growing level of collusion" between Afghan militants and extremists "taking refuge across the border in Pakistan."

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