The US military has stopped lobbying Pakistan to help root out one of the biggest militant threats to coalition forces in Afghanistan, US officials have said. According to the Wall Street Journal, until recently, the US had been pressing Islamabad to launch major operations against the Haqqani network, but military officials now claim it would be counterproductive.
The Haqqani network, led by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son, Sirajuddin, is one of the three main factions of the Afghan Taliban, which operates on both sides of Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The group is blamed for several daring attacks on coalition and Afghan forces, and is allied with both Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda.
‘Slow down Afghan withdrawal’
The US Army will ask President Barack Obama to slow down withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as they need more time to complete the work there, a media report said.
General David Petraeus, who took command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan in July, will tell this to Obama, the Daily Telegraph reported. Obama and British PM David Cameron have said troops will begin leaving Afghan in July 2011, ahead of a total military pullout by 2015.