The U.S. Department of Defense has warned of continued clash between the Afghan and Pakistani forces along the Line of Durand.

Pentagon warned regarding the likely clashes in its latest reports titled Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan.

The report said “The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains a sanctuary for various groups, including the Taliban and its component Haqqani Network (HQN), al-Qa’ida core (AQ), al-Qa’ida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIS-K, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).”

The report further added “Terrorist sanctuaries on both sides of the border present security challenges for Afghanistan and Pakistan and pose a threat to regional security and stability.”

Furthermore, Pentagon said Afghan security forces likely will continue to clash with Pakistani forces along the border.

The report also added that “This strains limited resources and heightens regional tensions. Senior leaders of both countries accuse the other of using their security agencies to support militant groups that launch cross border attacks.”

Meanwhile, Pentagon said despite an escalating border skirmish in early May 2019, President Ghani and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan were effectively able to de-escalate the situation peacefully.

Pentagon also added that Afghanistan faces multiple internal threats, each of which receives significant support from external actors.

According to Pentagon report, the primary threat to Afghan stability is the Taliban, which receives sanctuary and support from many external actors.


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