American troops in Afghanistan are massing along the border with Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region where insurgents hold swamy, a tribal elder said Monday.
Malik Muhammad Mumtaz told Xinhua that travellers had seen movement of US troops near Afghanistan border areas. Afghan nationals, who routinely travel to North Waziristan for trade, said they had seen US fighter aircraft flying over the border region, the elder said.
TV channels also reported that the US troops clamped curfew in some areas in Afghanistan to restrict movement of the people. Geo television said that American forces in the border Khost province have sealed the border with Pakistan.
The US forces have moved heavy weapons, including artillery, to the Pakistani border region, the reports said.
The motive behind the troop movements were not clear but it comes amid tension between Islamabad and Washington over the Haqqani network, which the US says is launching attacks from North Waziristan across the border into Afghanistan.