U.S. cancels military aid to Pakistan over ‘safe haven’ record on Taliban, other terrorists

U.S. cancels military aid to Pakistan over ‘safe haven’ record on Taliban, other terrorists
SecDef Mattis and JCS Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford (USMC) hold Pentagon briefing. PBS News video, YouTube

[Ed. – This is actually very interesting, since it’s not as if Pakistan’s record has gotten worse.  They’ve just been getting away with it for a long time.  Worth wondering if this seminal shift has something to do with the Awan saga on Capitol Hill.]

The U.S. military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties. …

The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies.

But U.S. officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behavior. …

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[A]nother $500 million in CSF was stripped by Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, to bring the total withheld to $800 million.

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