A top US Army General has once again reiterated that Taliban and the Haqqani network enjoy safe havens in the border regions of Pakistan.
He also confirmed that it is indeed difficult to combat insurgency in war-torn Afghanistan if Islamabad continues to harbour terrorists on its soil.
The Army General is Mark A Milley, who is a Chief of Staff of the US Army and this is what he told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing.
In his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said to really end insurgency in Afghanistan, it was important to reduce the threat of terrorism.
Responding to a question on reconciliation, he said the Afghan government was on the path right now to establish some sort of political reconciliation with various opponent groups.
Milley said it was in the national security interest of the United States to maintain troops in Afghanistan.
He however asserted that Haqqani network, Al-Qaida and ISIS and all these other groups are reduced in terms of capability that they no longer present an existential threat to the regime in Kabul.>