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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

US troops to leave Pakistan next March

[b]US troops to leave Pakistan next March [/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 27 December, ( [/b]American troops assisting in relief and rehabilitation operations will leave Pakistan's earthquake-hit areas in March next year, US Ambassador Ryan C Crocker has said.

There are over 1,000 American personnel in Pakistan to 'assist with relief efforts', according to the US embassy.

Crocker announced the withdrawal of the soldiers during a visit to the quake-hit areas in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK) and North West Frontier Province.

A local TV channel quoted Crocker as saying that he had discussed the issue with the country's relief commissioner and the understanding is that the soldiers will leave Pakistan by the end of March, 2006.

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