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US general calls out Pakistan on support for Afghan militants

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  1. Śakra

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    Pakistan is not putting adequate pressure on militants within its borders that are threatening stability in neighboring Afghanistan, according to the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

    Gen. John Nicholson on Friday said he agreed with Defense Secretary Ash Carter's decision to withhold $300 million in military support for Pakistan this year, after not being able to certify it was placing enough pressure on the Afghan Taliban and the affiliated Haqqani Network, who are launching attacks in Afghanistan.

    "It was his way of saying that there's not adequate pressure being put on the Haqqanis," Nicholson said at a Pentagon briefing. "And I concur with the Secretary's assessment on that."
    The comment reflected a growing willingness to publicly pressure Pakistan to rein in insurgent groups, particularly the Haqqani Network, who have stepped up attacks in Afghanistan, where 9,800 U.S. troops are stationed.

    Just earlier this year in March, the Pentagon's rhetoric towards Pakistan was much less harsh.

    "We have been pleased with Pakistan's efforts in two ways: one, their pressure against the Taliban in Pakistan. And then also their agreement to put pressure on the Taliban to join the peace process," Brig. Gen. William Shoffner, then-spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, told reporters on March 11.

    "They have been a willing partner with the Afghans, which we're encouraged by," he added.

    The withholding of the $300 million payment, from the Coalition Support Fund program used to reimburse allies supporting the U.S. in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations, was the first time it's happened due to support for the Haqqani Network, according to The Diplomat.

    Pakistan insists it is going after terrorists and supports a peace deal between Afghanistan and the Taliban, but says there are limits to how much it can do.

    Nicholson called the Haqqani Network the "primary threat" to American troops, coalition members and to Afghans in Afghanistan, especially in and around its capital of Kabul.

    "We track their actions very closely. Especially as relates to the Kabul threat streams. And so, we -- you know, I have the authorities I need to defend us against that threat," he said.

    Earlier this year, U.S. forces even took out top Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on Pakistani soil in a rare cross-border strike.

    "This had a disruptive effect on the Taliban, in particular on their finances, and it took them some time to get themselves sorted out and recovered from that," Nicholson said.

    Frustration with Pakistan has also grown on Capitol Hill, on both sides of the aisle.

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) called Pakistan a "tremendously duplicitous partner" in seeking a peace deal with the Taliban.

    "Certainly they are working against our interests there through helping support in the ways that they do the Haqqani Network," he said at a Sept. 15 hearing.

    "My sense is you're going to see a lessening degree of support for Pakistan over time as a result," he added.

    Corker earlier this year tried to block the $700 million sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) also said he was running out of patience with Pakistan.

    "Many here believe they have already made their decision that they won't go after Haqqani and may even allow them to continue to operate for whatever reasons," he said. "So they have chosen in many respects not to go after all terrorist activities."

    http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/polic...-out-pakistan-on-support-for-afghan-militants
     
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    Get ready to be bashed for sharing the fact & for questions regarding credibility of the article..
    Sooner or later everybody will find about the deep involvement of Pakistan in destabilizing neighbors..
     
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    But we're still getting 15 ah-1z vipers:P. Carry on :D
     
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    Pakistan paid cash for these birds. You can still buy US arms.
     
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    desperate indian street kids trying catch straw.
     
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    First stop TTP under Afghan Indian influence than we negotiate
     
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    All that Afghanistan and the United States has to do is seal the border from their side instead of whining all the time. So, what's stopping them?
     
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    This guy holds regular meetings every other week with general raheel at GHQ. i highly doubt this article's credibility, No other source is reporting anything of such kind.
     
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    there is a reason why Raheel refuses extension. He can maintain his facade only for so long. soon it all hits the fan and h wants to be nowhere near ghq when that happens
     
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    What if Trump comes to power :lol:
     
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    If Hillary is prez it is probably the continuation of the current glutonous mess of foreign policy with glacial progress driven by events.

    If Trump, he will want to show something for all the nonsensical bravado - which means turning harsh against some muslim country. By character he will look for the weakest recongnizable muslim country out if the set of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan. Iraq is pure play American so not it. Syria & Libya are probably trading commodities with him taking one and buddy Putin the other. Meaning violence will come down drastically in these three.

    That leaves Pakistan. That one is will be on a double jeapordy. 1) it becomes a chip in the horse trade with China for tariff war and 2) it becomes a potential sop to Indians for sulkable H1B moves Trump may have to take.

    Pakistan's escape route, if Trump becomes prez is all in Mexico. If MX turns ugly for Trump he will hightail it out of that issue and focus even more on beating up the weakling.

    Hm, I just convinced myself that it is a triple jeopardy, not double.

    Retired Raheel makes a lot more sense now
     
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    Incredible foresight.

    "desperate indian street kids trying catch straw." @Dune

    "This guy holds regular meetings every other week with general raheel at GHQ. i highly doubt this article's credibility, No other source is reporting anything of such kind." @Side-Winder

    "First stop TTP under Afghan Indian influence than we negotiate" @Super Falcon


    All that Afghanistan and the United States has to do is seal the border from their side instead of whining all the time. So, what's stopping them?" @SUPARCO
     
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    Thanks for the information. Yes the public knows that as well. American at least.

    Haqqani network is now joined with the talibans. That will make things spiral more out of the Pakistans hands; yes will become tough for US.

    Stop trolling from both ends. This is not India Pakistan thing.
     
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    Afghanistan is a proxy heaven. And like all other neighborhing countries we also have proxy in Afghanistan. It simple, no body us saint. We know how India and America are using Afghan soil for terrorism in Pakistan.

    No chance.
    Even if he comes to power he will prove to be the modi of america.
    He can do nothing except lip service and tall claims like modi.