Paksitan floods: Over 1,000 dead and thousands of homes destroyed due to heavy rains in Pakistan.
The United States is conducting a military aid mission in flood-devastated Pakistan, the US Armed Forces Central Command announced on Friday.
“CENTCOM is sending an assessment team to Islamabad to determine what potential support the DoD (the US Department of Defense) can provide (…) as part of the United States’ aid to the Pakistan flood crisis”, said spokesman Col. Joe Buccino. statement.
The decision follows a telephone conversation on Thursday between CENTCOM Commander General Erik Kurilla and Pakistani Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the spokesman said.
The United States is the main supplier of arms to the Pakistani army, but relations between the two countries are often difficult.
The 2011 assassination in northern Pakistan by US forces of prime terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden – who had taken refuge near a military compound – caused deep divisions between Islamabad and Washington.
But since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan a year ago, the United States has sought to strengthen its ties.
Monsoon rains have submerged a third of Pakistan, killing at least 1,190 people since June and triggering powerful floods that washed away swaths of vital crops and damaged or destroyed more than a million homes.
Authorities blamed climate change, which is increasing the frequency and strength of extreme weather events.
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. US army declare prepare a help Pakistan ravaged by the floods