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03/01/07--Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., talks to reporters near the Senate Chamber. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee pressed Pentagon officials Thursday to explain whether U.S. military personnel can pursue suspected terrorists from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked Eric S. Edelman, the under secretary of Defense for policy, that the Pentagon provide a legal opinion on whether the U.S. and NATO forces Òhave the right under international law to go afterÓ al Qaeda terrorist threats inside PakistanÕs border territories. ÒThat border is a huge threat,Ó Levin said at a committee hearing on Afghanistan. ÒWeÕve got to be very clear if thereÕs any doubt if we can go after those sanctuaries if Pakistan is unable or unwilling.Ó While declining to get into the specifics of rules of engagement in an open session, Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said United States military personnel can engage against targets in Pakistani border territory that Òdemonstrate hostile intent,Ó such as setting up artillery, though he said going after the manufacturer of rockets would not be allowed as an insufficiently ÒimminentÓ a threat. Lute said Pakistan can do more to help eliminate Taliban operations in the tribal areas. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

03/01/07--Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., talks to reporters near the Senate Chamber. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee pressed Pentagon officials Thursday to explain whether U.S. military personnel can pursue suspected terrorists from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked Eric S. Edelman, the under secretary of Defense for policy, that the Pentagon provide a legal opinion on whether the U.S. and NATO forces Òhave the right...
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