US repositions troops in eastern Afghanistanhttp://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/28/repositions-troops-eastern-afghanistan/?test=latestnews
KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. military will start carrying out more counterterrorism missions against insurgents in eastern Afghanistan and work more closely with Pakistani forces in operations against insurgents along the porous and rugged frontier, the U.S. general commanding the region said.
Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commander of NATO coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, said he has been repositioning some of his troops since last August to make them more effective in the region that borders Pakistan. The area has seen an upsurge in violence and is a main route for insurgents infiltrating into Afghanistan from safe havens in Pakistan's lawless tribal regions.
The realignment of troops will allow more force to be used against insurgents and shore up security along a key trade route from Pakistan to the Afghan capital.
"As we realign forces it does give me the ability to provide additional forces in other areas," Campbell said in a weekend interview with The Associated Press.
One of the most significant moves is the reduction of U.S. troops in bases along the remote Pech River Valley — a rugged and mountainous area in Kunar province near the Pakistani border that has seen fierce fighting in recent years.