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With the announcement of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Defense Secretary of the United States, President-elect Donald Trump has amply outlined the major changes that Pentagon contemplates in dealing with China, Russia, Iran and Israel and in changing Afghanistan through Pakistan that also envisage eliminating Haqqani network from Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Admirers call Mattis as “Mad Dog” or “Warrior Monk”, a tough general attributed with strong handling of wars.

On Afghanistan Policy, Mattis favours to be a strategic partner with Pakistan  to target terrorists including Talibans in the region. His famous quotes for Afghanistan like “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

He said “there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot. “Therefore Trump will not participate in nation building in Afghanistan.

Mattis will never allow politicization in the Department of Defense. Mad Dog was on the front line of the 2001 assault on Afghanistan, led the Marine attack on Baghdad in 2003.

China and Russia will have to be cautious as Mattis is against Beijing’s increasing naval power and warships in the South China Sea. He had held that China must be denied “veto power” over the territorial claims, security and economic  conditions in the pacific.

Warrior Monk said that Putin creating instability along Russia’s border and is skeptical about Russia-China strategic partnership that points  to blending of China’s One belt, One road with Russia’s Eurasia Economic Union.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already changed Army chief of Staff and ISI chief keeping in view the appointment of Mattis in Pentagon .

Mattis considers Pakistan strategically important for defeating Taliban and regaining control of the lost territories of Afghanistan to Taliban in recent years. Mattis was anti to US-Iran Nuclear deal that led President Obama to replace him as Centcom commander.

As far as One China Policy is concerned, Trump is in no mood to entertain China  and will move forward to strengthen and deepen diplomatic ties with Taiwan  and help it become stronger economically and boost its military status.

Article Courtesy : Arti Bali, Senior Journalist & Analyst

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US Defence bill has approved $900 million (Rs 6,121 Crore) as economic assistance to Pakistan to deal with terrorism especially the Afghan guerrilla insurgent group  Haqqani network.

Haqqani network succeeded in pushing back the Soviet invaders under the leadership of Jalalludin Haqqani (now Sirajuddin Haqqani) and is now engaged in securing the withdrawal of US and coalition forces mostly of NATO nations  from Afghanistan.

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Basically US began war against terrorism in Afghanistan against Al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terror attack. But Al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network are intertwined in Afghanistan-Pakistan region and are committed to bringing about sharia law in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda which looks after global terror operations  and Haqqani which is mainly responsible for regional terror activities have allies in Taliban, Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi.

The US House of representatives passed a consensus $900 Million assistance to Pakistan out of which $450 Million will be reimbursed upon certificate from Pentagon about Islamabad’s actions against terrorism, mainly the Haqqani network.

US policy has consistently been to deal terrorism in Afghanistan through Pakistan because it had some years back witnessed a savage  attack on Pakistan army public school in which 140 students were killed  and also attacks on military academy.

Pakistan has been carrying out military operations named Zarb-e-Azb against foreign or local militant groups across the Durrand Line bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan. These two countries have very intricate relationship calling this as brotherly bonding as Ghani and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif share friendly ties.

In a congratulatory phone call to US President-elect Donald Trump, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had reiterated dedication of Afghan security forces in defending Afghan territorial integrity  and expressed admiration for the sacrifices of US and Nato troops. Both Trump and Ghani emphasized their joint commitment to fight terrorism.

Trump’s phone call to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assuring him of working closely with Pakistan shows his approach in Asia. Donald has chosen Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, who was under investigation in 2010 for sharing sensitive intelligence data with Pakistan about Haqqani network.

Article Courtesy : Arti Bali, Senior Journalist & Analyst