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Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.: Repairing relations

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.: Repairing relations

After a year of calamitous turns in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad, many Americans are wondering how this troubled alliance can possibly be repaired. Even more may be wondering whether we can simply extricate ourselves from it, finding other partners and other strategic options in South Asia. Alas, Pakistanis have had similar doubts about America even longer, which goes far toward explaining their hedging behavior; many in the nation's military and intelligence services tolerate or even support the militant Haqqani network and localTaliban (Quetta Shura) in ways that destabilize Afghanistan and lead to the deaths of Afghans and NATO troops. Certainly, it seems safe to...