The leader of the special operations command has said the al-Qaeda leader is hiding in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
U.S. Can’t Win Afghan War Without Pakistan’s Support: Dunford
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff general Joseph Dunford has said that the U.S. cannot win the war in Afghanistan without securing cooperation from Pakistan.
Pakistan would be a key element of Washington’s new strategy for South Asia, he said.
Meanwhile, general Tony Thomas who leads special operations command has said that the leader of Al-Qaeda terror network is hiding in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to Dunford, experiences achieved over the past years indicate that Washington will not be able to win the war in Afghanistan without Pakistan's support.
“So we're in the midst -- I think it has been referred to this week -- we're in the midst of a review, and it's not an Afghan review, it's a South Asia review. And what I would -- the short answer to your question, is that we should only provide more capability on the ground if it's in the context of a broader strategy that has a chance of being successful. And so I do believe that additional forces for the Afghan security forces would make them more competitive,” Dunford said.
On the deployment of additional U.S forces to Afghanistan, Dunford said that the deployment of additional troops in Afghanistan will help the conventional forces combat the insurgenets with more power.
“Absolutely. I mean this is from New Delhi to Tehran when we talk about South Asia and a critical element of our strategy in the region has to be Pakistan. And we cannot be successful in Afghanistan -- we've seen that over the last several years -- unless we have a higher degree of cooperation from Pakistan. So Pakistan is absolutely an integral part of the strategic review that's ongoing,” said Dunford.
This comes at a time that the Trump administration has decided to reduce the level of U.S aid to Pakistan this year over Pakistan’s reluctance to take solid action against the Taliban leadership and its brutal offshoot the Haqqani network.