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Mullen: Taliban hideouts can be shut down

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The top U.S. military officer says Pakistani military could shut down Taliban hideouts on its soil to prevent insurgents from moving back and forth across the long, porous Afghan-Pakistan border.

Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters in Kabul on Friday that fixing the problem is critical to making progress in the war. Mullen says he's encouraged by what Pakistan has done during the past two years to pursue insurgents on its side of the border. Mullen is chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. His comments come a day after President Barack Obama released a review of the war.

Earlier, the top NATO commander, Gen. David Petraeus, also praised Pakistan's efforts to rout internal militants and its new willingness to cooperate with U.S. forces on operations that span the border.

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