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Pakistan army denies US troop intelligence support

world Updated: May 22, 2011 12:31 IST

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Pakistan's army has denied a report that US troops were embedded with its forces to provide intelligence and reconnaissance support in the country's tribal region near Afghanistan.

One of Pakistan's most respected English-language newspapers, Dawn, published leaked US diplomatic cables on Saturday indicating US troops provided assistance in 2009 in the tribal areas of Bajur and North and South Waziristan. The cables were obtained through WikiLeaks.

The Pakistani army issued a statement on late Saturday saying no US troops were involved in military operations in the tribal region. It specifically denied the presence of US troops in North and South Waziristan.

The presence of US troops is contentious because of high anti-American sentiment in Pakistan.