December 5th, 2009
05:27 PM ET

India, Pakistan and the battle for Afghanistan

The road to success for President Obama's Afghanistan strategy runs through India, goes an increasingly familiar refrain. That's because reversing the Taliban's momentum requires getting rid of the movement's sanctuary in Pakistan, where the insurgent leadership is known to be based in and around the city of Quetta. But while Pakistan is aggressively tackling its domestic Taliban, it has consistently declined to act against Afghan Taliban groups based on its soil — because it sees the Afghan Taliban as a useful counterweight to what it believes is the dominant influence in today's Afghanistan of Pakistan's arch-enemy, India. Unless India can be persuaded to take steps to ease tensions with Pakistan, some suggest, Pakistan will not be willing to shut down the Afghan Taliban.

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  1. Nate

    You guys should not be discussing our military strategies publicly like you have been. They are capable of receiving CNN over there, you know. All they need is to hear you talk about our troops and what moves they are making and they can begin to better understand how we work and they will be better prepared. That is very irresponsible on your part.

    December 6, 2009 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Neel123

    Pakistani Army has been using terrorists as instrument of Foreign Policy against India since 1989, which is an act of war, and India treats them as such .

    The Americans need to strike hard at the heart of this misguided policy of a rogue nation, instead of seeking concession from a democratic nation that has been a target of state sponsored terror from across the border since 1989 ..... !

    Those in the US, suggesting Indian concessions to Pakistan, as a means to success in the war on terror, may need to re-examine their own moral standards and may forget India fulfilling their wet dreams ..........

    December 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |