Gates Calls on Asian Partners for Help in Afghanistan - Fred W. Baker III, American Forces Press Service.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today called on US allies in Asia to render more aid to bolster the fight in Afghanistan. In his opening remarks at the “Shangri-La Dialogue” Asia security summit here, Gates said terrorist groups rooted in training camps along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have international reach, even to the Asia-Pacific region. “I know some in Asia have concluded that Afghanistan does not represent a strategic threat to their countries, owing in part to Afghanistan’s geographic location,” he said. “But the threat from failed or failing states is international in scope, whether in the security, economic or ideological realm.” The secretary cited examples of terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia, and said some are inspired and supported by terrorist groups operating along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.