US sends team to Pakistan to help with search for avalanche survivors

Apr. 10, 2012

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A team of US soldiers has landed in Pakistan to help with an increasingly desperate search for survivors trapped under an avalanche in the north which engulfed 135 soldiers and civilians.

The eight-man, high-altitude search and rescue team comes at a time when the US and Pakistan are trying to rebuild relations after a long period of mutual acrimony and distrust.

Pakistan military sources confirmed the US rescuers flew into Islamabad from Afghanistan, where they are part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), soon after the US embassy announced it was prepared to give any assistance sought. They were due to fly early on Monday morning to the Siachen glacier, the world's highest combat zone, where hopes of finding anyone alive have started to fade.

Their arrival came almost 48 hours after a wall of snow and debris swept over the remote military base from where Pakistan guards its section of the desolate glacier against Indian forces.

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