A path toward reconciliation will be a long, arduous test of nerves that could expose the US-backed war effort in Iraq to risks from insurgents and militants.
Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
Trump is weighing whether the pact serves US security interests as he faces an October 15 deadline for certifying that Iran is complying.
Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade as officials have long questioned the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan.
Potential Trump administration responses also include redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.
After a stalemate of almost 16 years in the region, the US defense secretary says they ‘recognise the need for urgency’.