Afghans, NATO launch `new push against Haqqanis`

US officials have accused Pakistan of ties to the Haqqani group, causing diplomatic rifts.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2011, 21:13 PM IST

Kabul: Afghan security forces and their NATO
allies have launched a new push against the al Qaeda-linked
Haqqani network along the troubled Pakistani border, senior
defence officials said on Tuesday.

Defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said operation "Knife
Edge" was launched two days ago, while a senior defence
ministry official said it was "largely against the Haqqani
network", blamed for a recent attack in Kabul.

US officials have accused Pakistan of ties to the Haqqani
group, causing diplomatic rifts as the West seeks an end to
the 10-year war in Afghanistan.

A NATO spokesman confirmed only that "enhanced official
operations" were ongoing in the eastern region that borders
Pakistan, but gave no further details for security reasons.

PTI