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A map showing the Durand Line, the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and areas where the Pashtun population in the region live

Trump’s options in the Afghan-Pakistan divide

The complicated task of stabilizing Afghanistan is made even more complex by the support Pakistan and other countries give the Taliban. The United States will have to navigate this web of interests and alliances carefully. An increase in American troop levels could deter some of the players in the region from destabilizing the country. For now, that scenario seems likely.

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