Pakistan considers blocking supplies for U.S. troops in Afghanistan amid diplomatic row

The Pakistani government is considering blocking all supplies for U.S. forces in land-locked Afghanistan amid heightened diplomatic tensions with the Trump administration.

The threat comes after President Donald Trump suggested the U.S. could withhold billions of dollars worth of military assistance to Pakistan earlier this month.

On Jan. 1, Trump tweeted that Pakistan’s continued support for the Taliban could lead him to cancel the aid. And last week the State Department said it was suspending delivery of military and security equipment to Pakistan.

The country’s media quoted senior government officials who claimed they were considering the blocking action but no decision has yet been made.

American forces have been in Afghanistan for 17 years. They have been supplied with food and military equipment by routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan, among others. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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