Obama’s NSA gave 3 choices to Gen Kayani
Obama’s national security adviser, Thomas E Donilon, conveyed administration resolve to Pakistani military chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani at a secret meeting in Saudi Arabia. The United States wanted a relationship with Pakistan, officials said Donilon told Kayani, but it also wanted the Haqqani attacks to stop.
Pakistani officials said Donilon offered Kayani three choices:
- Kill the Haqqani leadership
- Help us to kill them
- persuade Haqqani group to join a peaceful, democratic Karzai government.
been giving the impression they’re representing the whole administration, with different messages adding to the confusion.”As the approaching end of the Afghanistan war increases the urgency and the stakes for both the United States and Pakistan, the struggle over the Haqqani network has come to illustrate conflicting priorities during a long history of alternating partnership and estrangement.
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