In its first report on Afghanistan to Congress after President Donald Trump introduced his new Afghan and South Asia technique, the Pentagon mentioned will probably be part of a whole-government, regional technique to isolate the Taliban from “sources of exterior help” and to mitigate any malign affect from exterior actors.
“Our military-to-military relationship with Pakistan stays essential to the success of our mutual pursuits within the area,” mentioned the semiannual report titled ‘Enhancing Safety and Stability in Afghanistan’ that covers occasions through the interval from June 1 to November 30 this 12 months.
“To maneuver ahead, we should see elementary adjustments in the best way Pakistan offers with terrorist safe-havens in its territory,” the report mentioned.
“To induce that change, we are going to work throughout the US authorities, utilizing a spread of instruments to increase our cooperation with Pakistan in areas the place our pursuits converge and to take unilateral steps in areas of divergence,” it mentioned.
The Af-Pak border area stays a sanctuary for numerous teams, together with al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the Haqqani Community, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIS-Ok, and the Islamic Motion of Uzbekistan, it mentioned.
“Sanctuary on the Pakistani aspect and presence on the Afghan aspect stay safety challenges for each nations and pose a risk to regional safety and stability,” the division of defence mentioned.
Though Pakistani army operations have disrupted some terrorist sanctuaries, sure extremist teams – such because the Taliban and the Haqqani Community – retain freedom of motion in Pakistan, it mentioned.
“The US continues to convey to all ranges of Pakistani management the significance of taking motion towards all terrorist and extremist teams,” the Pentagon mentioned.
Elevated collaboration between Afghanistan and Pakistan is essential to sustaining strain on terrorist teams and for assembly the enduring safety necessities on each side of the shared border, it mentioned.
“The belief deficit ensuing from Pakistan’s help of and inaction towards Afghan-oriented extremists, and Pakistan’s considerations about terrorist assaults launched from Afghanistan, hampers the bilateral army collaboration required to attain enduring safety,” the Pentagon mentioned.
In line with the report, the hard-won beneficial properties in Afghanistan stay fragile, however are value defending.
Below the brand new technique, US diplomatic, army, and financial assets are aligned in help of a negotiated settlement to this long-running battle.
“We’ve got recommitted to serving to the Afghan authorities and folks navigate by way of these challenges with a brand new strategy that leverages further help from allies, companions, and regional actors,” it mentioned.
“Our dedication is enduring however not limitless, our help just isn’t a clean verify. So long as the Afghan authorities continues to point out actual progress and make actual reforms, we are going to proceed to help them as our strategic companions within the combat towards worldwide terrorism,” the report mentioned.
“The Taliban can’t win on the battlefield. They have to know that their solely path to peace and political legitimacy is thru a negotiated settlement with the Afghan authorities,” it asserted.