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Karzai Warns Pakistan He'll Send Troops Over Border

Afghan leader says he'll self-defend vs. militants
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2008 2:33 PM CDT
Karzai Warns Pakistan He'll Send Troops Over Border
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a forceful warning to militants in Pakistan, saying he will send Afghan troops across the border to combat Taliban insurgents.    (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(Newser) – Citing the right to self defense, Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned that his country may send troops across the border with Pakistan to fight militants who have killed Afghans, BBC reports. "When they cross the territory from Pakistan to come and kill Afghans and to kill coalition troops it exactly gives us the right to go back and do the same."

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Pakistan's PM Yusuf Raza Gillani responded by saying that the border between the countries is too long to effectively police, and that Pakistan will not "allow anyone to interfere in our territorial limits and our affairs." Karzai maintains that his country has the right to seek out Taliban leaders who target Afghans, no matter where the terrorists are hiding. (Read more Hamid Karzai stories.)

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