Monday, 17 April 2017

Hints at a Harder US Line on Pakistan

After U.S. Talks With Afghanistan, Hints at a Harder Line on Pakistan - The New York Times
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, met with Afghan leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani, in talks that came days after the United States dropped a huge bomb on a honeycomb of Islamic State caves in eastern Afghanistan.
But the greater problem in Afghanistan is the strengthening of the Taliban. In an interview with the Afghan television channel ToloNews, General McMaster said, “What is necessary at this point is to consolidate gains and to deal with what is a big security problem now.” He did not comment on whether the United States would add more troops, saying it was for “President Trump to decide, really, what is the best course of action to begin to accelerate progress in the war.”

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