No differences between Petraeus, Karzai: Pentagon

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Washington, Jul 15: Pentagon declined the reports that there are differences between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and General David Petraeus, the new commander of United States in Afghanistan, regarding anti-terror fights in the nation.

A Pentagon spokes person informed the media that General Petraeus has been meeting Karzai frequently, almost on a daily basis to discuss on various aspects of how to win the war against terrorism.

Geoff Morrel, Pentagon spokesman said that the meetings with both have been very fruitful, productive and valuable for all involved.

"The issue of local policing is clearly a sensitive issue for Mr Karzai, Afghan government and citizens. That is not what General Petraeus is proposing here," Morrel said.

“These would be government—formed, government—paid, government—uniformed local police units who would keep any eye out for bad guys —— in their neighborhoods, in their communities —— and who would in turn work with the Afghan police forces and the Afghan army, to keep them out of their towns," Morrell said. He added that this will a temporary solution to a very real, near-term problem.

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