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US, allies support needed to fight terrorism in Afghanistan

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US, allies support needed to fight terrorism in Afghanistan
 Nowadays, everyone, including the media raising questions on what would be US President Donald Trump’s policy for Afghanistan? Many of political experts in Afghanistan are pessimist about any significant changes in U.S. policy towards Afghanistan, citing the institutional nature of U.S. policy formulation. US presidential campaign mostly focused on domestic issues such as immigration and the economy, however the issue of Afghanistan was not mostly discussed.
But according to US officials, the policy of US President Donald Trump on Afghanistan and Pakistan is expected to be announced after the NATO summit in Brussels later this month when he would consult allies.
According to US National Security Advisor HR McMaster, President Donald Trump has not made a decision yet on a course of action, but according to him, the US president prefers to hear from other allies and later on develop his policy. “What we we’ll have at the end of next few weeks here, is an opportunity for a much more effective strategy for the problem set in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region broadly,” McMaster added.
At the same time, McMaster said, the US was committed to achieving its fundamental objectives in Afghanistan. He recalled the September 2001 attack originated with a terrorist safe haven and support base in Afghanistan.
It seems that the President Trump’s Afghanistan policy would be similar to that of the Obama administration, where strong support for the Afghan government and continued efforts might needed to enhance the capacities of the Afghan security forces through advising, assistance, and training efforts by US forces in Afghanistan. Like the Obama administration, the President Trump administration will likely also express support for the idea of reconciliation between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.
With terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, the new policy should aim to prevent the Taliban from winning the ground, pursue political reconciliation where feasible, and target terrorist groups that threaten the people and government of Afghanistan. Inattention to growing terrorism problem, and intensified security competition between regional countries would lead to instability in the country, where the flame of such war to also burn the region.
The United States and its allies should also commit to aggressively pursuing terrorists wherever it finds them in the region. Unless or until Pakistan changes its strategic calculus, the United States and allies should be prepared to target al Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, and other groups—including on Pakistani soil.
The President Trump policy needs to increase the engagement of China, Pakistan, India, Iran, Russia, and other Central Asian countries as well to play constructive roles in bringing peace to Afghanistan. 
According to media reports, besides Pakistan, Russia have also started cooperating with the Taliban in a bid as if to block gains by the Islamic States (ISIS) in Afghanistan. 
This would have adverse implications for the government of Afghanistan, which is the primary player fighting ISIS in the country.

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