Afghan authorities welcome promise of increased troop numbers, but Pakistan security officials accuse president of blaming Islamabad for US failures

Donald Trump’s new strategy for the war in Afghanistan has been praised by Afghan government officials for increasing troop numbers, doing away with strict timelines and for upping pressure on Pakistan, which Kabul sees as a main sponsor of the insurgency.

But Pakistani security officials have accused the US president of shifting blame for its failures in the war against the Taliban and other armed groups in Afghanistan, and of endangering the already fraught bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad.

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