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Pakistan pits CENTCOM commander against Trump administration | FDD's Long War Journal

In a conversation with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, the Pakistani military claimed CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said the idea that the Taliban uses Pakistan as a safe haven is “undermining … Pakistan’s contributions in war against terrorism” in Washington. Pakistan’s characterization of the conversation would seemingly pit General Votel directly against the Trump administration, which has decided to take a hard line against Pakistan for its ongoing support of jihadists in Afghanistan. CENTCOM declined to comment to FDD’s Long War Journal on Pakistan’s view of Votel’s conversation but said it remains “in continuous communication with the Pakistan military.” The Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) division published its version of the discussion between Generals Votel and Bajwa on Jan. 12 in a statement entitled “Pak-US security cooperati...

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