The U.S. military says it is creating a special task force to coordinate American relief efforts in Pakistan following Saturday's devastating earthquake. The commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is being sent to Islamabad to work with Pakistani officials on the type of assistance needed.
Pentagon spokesman Major Matthew McLaughlin said the U.S. is engaged in a "significant" humanitarian relief effort with Pakistan, a key U.S. ally on the war on terror. Major McLaughlin said U.S. forces have already delivered more than 40 metric tons of supplies -- the first of what he said will be an "air bridge" of aid shuttled to Islamabad from various U.S. facilities in the region. He said the U.S. relief effort could expand to affected areas of India and Afghanistan.