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US takes tougher approach towards Pakistan; US cannot be silent on Pakistan’s safe havens to terrorist groups, says Trump

Washington: US president Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in American troop numbers in Afghanistan on Monday night as part of a new strategy for the region, arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America’s longest military conflict.

Trump, in a prime-time televised address, said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for militants bent on attacking the United States. He also laid out a tougher approach to US policy towards Pakistan.

The US president, in his speech on Afghanistan policy, also sought more role for India in the war-torn country.

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