Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Afghan Leader: Abolishing Militant Havens in Pakistan Is Key

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Afghan Leader: Abolishing Militant Havens in Pakistan Is Key

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NEW YORK * Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighboring Afghanistan, the Afghan leader said Thursday before meeting President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Neither Trump nor Afghan President Ashraf Ghani mentioned Pakistan when they appeared publicly together after their discussion.

But Ghani said Pakistan's role was an important part of the Trump plan announced last month to end America's longest war and eliminate a rising extremist threat in Afghanistan.

"Reduction of safe havens is absolutely necessary, both for counterterrorism and for stability in Afghanistan," Ghani told National Public Radio in an interview broadcast Thursday.

The Trump administration infuriated Pakistan in August by accusing it of providing haven to extremists. …

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