Afghanistan: In midwinter attacks, a brutal Pakistani reply to Trump –

This article describes the change of US policy under president Trump as it relates to Afghanistan and Pakistan.  US policy now authorizes local commanders the authority to undertake local action unlike the established policvy under president Obama who had to sanction actions, particularly attacks in Pakistani territory.  The Trump administration has further put a hold on military and financial aid to Pakistan and is openly encouraging India to get more involved in ther regional conflict.  The complex situation has many ramifications for the future of the region.  According to US sources the recent bloody attacks in Afghanistan are Pakistan’s response by supposedly activating the militants in the tribal areas it controls.  No one knows the truth but conspiracy theories and their after effects will continue to bleed the region for the forseeable future.
Nasik Elahi


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