Pakistan is using India as 'excuse' to support terrorism, says US

Pakistan´s status as privileged ally in question US

Pakistan´s status as privileged ally in question US

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East estimates that additional U.S. troops could arrive in Afghanistan within days or weeks, but, according to several U.S. officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis has yet to sign any orders to deploy more forces and is reviewing the Pentagon's earlier force recommendation. In mid-August, the Taliban released an open letter to Trump in which it claimed that the US military operation in Afghanistan was in vain despite the huge costs, urging the US leader to make a decision that would always see him remembered as an advocate of peace.

"The president has been clear that we are going to attack terrorists wherever they live", Tillerson said. That could create an opening for diplomatic efforts to further stabilize the region.

But true to his gut, he won't be nation building, constructing hospitals, or making sure girls can once again wear miniskirts to school.

Reuters has reported that the United States has been considering a range of actions, including withholding aid to Pakistan and, perhaps, ramping up drone strikes.

Why should they die for Afghanistan?

Obama promised much of the same. Stavridis's article virtually quotes a 2008 statement by then Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen that "we can't kill our way to victory".

Cotton said that negotiating with the Taliban at this time "would be unwise", but once senior leaders were removed the Afghan government should consider working with the organization. As a businessman prior to his election to the Senate in 2014, he had an office in Lahore, the second most populous city in Pakistan. More than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in April when a group of insurgents dressed in army uniforms stormed a heavily fortified base, detonating suicide vests and throwing grenades.

Bannon, considered the architect of much of Trump's America first rhetoric, is also a leading advocate of withdrawing U.S. troops from the region in favor of a more isolationist approach to American foreign policy.

Pakistan's powerful military has not commented on Trump's speech, but the day before it denied any militants had havens in the country. They will not only increase their stay but also be involved in counter terrorism activities against Taliban, Al Qaida and Daesh.

The speech, read deliberately from a teleprompter, marked a flip flop for the president, who said, "My original instinct was to pull out - and, historically, I like following my instincts".

The president began his nationally televised speech Monday with a call for unity.

"The reason 9/11 occurred, the terrible terrorists attack, is because of a power vacuum in places like Afghanistan which then are filled by terrorists Al-Qaeda and the like", Cornyn said.

Ten U.S. service members have been killed this year - three of whom died in June when an Afghan soldier opened fire on American troops battling the Islamic State in Nangahar province.

The Taliban has recently been responsible for some of the country's deadliest attacks in years. "Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on".

While many of the components of the plan are familiar, there are a few details that do seem different.

He also pointed out that US is covertly supporting terrorists in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had articulated this vision in an address to the Afghan parliament on December 25, 2015. And let's face it, while Bernie Sanders has occasionally indicated a desire to alter the direction of U.S. foreign policy, he too has offered few specifics about breaking with the course of the last decade and a half.

As a presidential candidate, Trump called it "counterproductive" for the United States to announce troop withdrawal dates.

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