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Trump’s strategy on Pakistan is fraught with risk

The US is to suspend all security assistance to the country. But if Trump continues to ramp up the pressure, Pakistan could retaliate

By Rupert Stone  

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/DPA/PA Images

The Trump administration announced last week that it would be suspending all United States security assistance to Pakistan over its alleged support for terrorist groups, such as the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network. These groups apparently use sanctuaries in Pakistan to launch attacks against US interests in Afghanistan, and may receive arms and intelligence from the Pakistani military, too.

Pakistan has long backed militants operating in Afghanistan. During the 1980s its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), teamed up with…

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