A WikiLeaks cable says the Pakistan Army approved for the second time in October 2009 deployment of US special operation elements to support Pakistani military operations, which represented “a sea change in their thinking.”
The first deployment, embedded with the Frontier Corps (FC), occurred in September, the October 9, 2009 cable titled “Pakistan Army GHQ again approves embedding US special forces personnel to support military operations” of US Ambassador Anne Patterson said.
“Previously, the Pakistani military leadership adamantly opposed letting us embed our special operations personnel with their military forces. The developments of the past two months thus appear to represent a sea change in their thinking,” it said.
However, the cable noted that these deployments are highly politically sensitive because of widely-held concerns among the public about Pakistani sovereignty and opposition to allowing foreign military forces to operate in any fashion on Pakistani soil.