Friday, January 13, 2006

Bush administration wants to establish counter-terrorism unit in Bangladesh

M&C News By John C.K. Daly Jan 12, 2006, 8:47 GMT

Bangladeshi security officials speaking on condition of anonymity said that the Bush administration wants to establish a counter-terrorism unit in Bangladesh, providing an initial $100 million grant for the outfit.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicolas Burns will discuss Washington`s proposals for the unit during a visit to Dhaka later this month.

The counter-terrorism unit would be developed under the direct U.S. supervision News Today reported. The U.S. would also provide training and equipment to Bangladesh`s 707th Special Mission Battalion counter-terrorism unit.

According to the source, the new unit could 'cherry pick' specialists from all sections of the country`s security agencies as well as the army. In principle, President Iajuddin Ahmed`s government has agreed to establish the counter-terrorism unit but the final decision will be taken following Burns` visit.

Burns is also to discuss the country`s latest measures in combating Islamic militants. Burns is scheduled to meet with both government officials and opposition party members.

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