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Afghan-Pakistan Border Rules : The U.S. Role

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Title: Afghan-Pakistan Border Rules : The U.S. Role
Authors: Weitz, Richard Browse this author
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University
Journal Title: Eurasia Border Review
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Start Page: 1
End Page: 18
Abstract: Relations among Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States have been troubled for most of the past decade. Historical conflicts, different priorities, and personal animosities have combined to weaken the collective ability of the three countries to repress Islamist extremists operating along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. The United States has pursued several initiatives to reduce tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan and to encourage both governments to concentrate their attention on countering the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists operating inside their territories. Despite these efforts, the border region remains a major source of tension in their trilateral relationship. Most recently, the intensified fighting in Afghanistan has led U.S. officials to adopt a less tolerant attitude toward the Pakistan-based Islamists who conduct cross-border attacks. Thus far, Afghan, U.S., and NATO forces have relied primarily on attacks by unmanned drones as well as search and destroy operations against Pakistani-based insurgents whenever they move into Afghan territory. Now, despite Pakistani warnings, U.S. officials, with Afghan government support, are considering more vigorous cross-border attacks on Pakistani territory.
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Appears in Collections:Volume 3, No. 1


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