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U.S. Military Denies Afghan Reports It Will Provide Equipment To Pakistan

A U.S. mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle patrols a highway leading to the border with Pakistan used for transporting goods in Afghanistan's Khost Province.
The U.S. military force in Afghanistan has denied media reports that it plans to donate excess military equipment to Pakistan as it withdraws from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

In a statement on March 28, the U.S. force in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said it "does not provide or intend to provide any such equipment" to Pakistan.

The Voice of America reported on March 21 that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Josef Dunford, unveiled the plan during testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee.

He reportedly said the force was looking into giving 1,200 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to "Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other partners that have participated in operations with us."

The reports outraged officials in Kabul, who insist that all such equipment must remain in Afghanistan.
With reporting by VOA