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A team of British military trainers working in Pakistan has left the country after a request for their removal by the Pakistani government. The exit of the trainers appears to be the most recent casualty of extremely strained US-Pakistan relations, which have prompted a decline in Pakistan's relations with all its Western allies.

Relations between Pakistan and Britain are not as beleaguered as those between Pakistan and the US, but the Army, formerly the most revered institution in the country, has been under a barrage of criticism since the unilateral US raid on Osama bin Laden's compound that led to the terrorist leader's death. Pakistan is now looking to prove its independence from all of its Western allies, the Guardian reports.

The trainers were in the country to work with the paramilitary Frontier Corps, which operates along the Afghan border in the country's northwest. The 60,000-strong corps is the "front line" against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, but its troops are poorly trained and lack adequate equipment. Western countries have prioritized bolstering its competency.


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