Agencies (Qasioun) - The Pentagon is urging India and Pakistan to back off future military attacks following the first Indian airstrike into Pakistan since 1971.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is focused "on de-escalating tensions and urging both of the nations to avoid further military action," according to a Defense Department statement released Wednesday.
The Pentagon adds that Shanahan has been in contact with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command head Adm. Philip Davidson, and U.S. Central Command head Gen. Joseph Votel "regarding India-Pakistan tensions."
India on Tuesday ordered an airstrike over the disputed Kashmir region targeting the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) fighter group. The strike, which India claimed killed "a very large number of ... terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis," was the first major state-sanctioned military action in Kashmir by either side since 1999.
Source: The Hill