Nawaz Sharif

Can Trump afford to fight a war in Afghanistan without Pakistan's help?

Can Trump afford to fight a war in Afghanistan without Pakistan's help?

The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has hit rough spots before, but the two sides have always patched things up — less out of affection than mutual necessity.

Pakistan coveted American funds and military equipment. The United States wanted a regional partner against terrorism, supply routes into Afghanistan and an eye on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

Now President Trump is shaming Pakistan on Twitter and withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance at a time when the United States needs its difficult ally more than it has in years.

Trump is plunging deeper into Afghanistan,

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