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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ U.S. personnel are on the ground in Pakistan in connection with the ongoing confrontation over Osama bin Laden, Pakistani government officials said Thursday.

Government spokesman Anwar Mehmood said the personnel, whose numbers he did not provide, were not combat forces.

The spokesman said Pakistan was providing logistical help and intelligence facilities to the United States in ``the fight against terrorism.'' He said the U.S. personnel would not use Pakistani territory for launching any attack on Afghanistan.

Pakistan's support to the United States is a delicate issue politically for Pakistan's president. In recent weeks, at least five people have died in anti-American, pro-Taliban protests in Pakistan.

Militant Islamic political leaders have called for holy war on the United States and condemned President Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his support of the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism.