National Security

Inside the Ring: Pakistani Covert Support for Taliban Revealed

Army General Joseph Votel
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Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of the Central Command, disclosed in congressional testimony this week that despite a new U.S. policy of pressuring Pakistan, the Islamabad government is still supporting the Taliban terrorist group in the border region with Afghanistan.

Asked during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday if Pakistan is continuing to back terrorist activity in Afghanistan, Gen. Votel said the U.S. pressure campaign has produced some "positive indicators" of a shift.

However, on the question of continued Pakistani support, Gen. Votel noted: "I cannot tell you that we have seen decisive changes in the areas in which we’re working, but I remain very well-engaged with my partner to ensure that we are moving forward on this."

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.