The Obama administration’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said U.S. military forces had a feeble understanding of the Taliban and other militants they were fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal region.
“I am very dissatisfied with the amount of knowledge that exists in Washington about our enemy,” Holbrooke said. “I am deeply disturbed about our knowledge on this subject.”
Holbrooke’s comment came during an informal off-camera briefing with CNN and several other news agencies. A U.S. official hosted the event inside a private residence in Islamabad.
Holbrooke was in town to meet Pakistani leaders and bolster the strained relationship between Islamabad and Washington in the fight against extremists.
He also came to promote the Obama administration’s new policy in the region, a policy designed to combine an aggressive military strategy with bi
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