US, Pakistan Hold Secret Security Meet

Army officials hash out border problems
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 7:24 AM CDT
In this photo provided by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, right, talks to Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani,...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A group of top US and Pakistani military officials, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and David Petraeus, met in secret aboard an aircraft carrier Tuesday to discuss the deteriorating situation along the Afghan border, the New York Times reports. The US has been frustrated lately by the Taliban’s ever-growing capabilities—particularly across the border in Afghanistan—and Pakistan’s inability or unwillingness to drive them from its southern environs.

The tone of the meeting was described as non-confrontational, but the sheer star power gathered aboard the carrier, which also included Pakistan’s chief of staff, indicates that it was a major and serious get together. But details of the discussion were scarce, with neither side saying if an agreement had been reached for increased US access to Taliban-infested tribal areas.