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By Jeff Schogol, Staff writer
The U.S. military is disputing media reports that it plans to give Pakistan excess American military equipment that is currently in Afghanistan.
“Our commitment to the Afghan people and the Afghan National Security Forces is unwavering,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, said in a statement Thursday.
The Washington Post first reported in a March 16 web story that the U.S. military was considering giving the Pakistanis $7 billion worth of equipment amid the drawdown in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military has expressed interest in getting Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, which have been proven to be too big and heavy to operate effectively in Afghanistan, which lacks road infrastructure.