War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Analysts say Trump's warning to Pakistan could backfire

President Donald Trump's warning to Pakistan to put an "immediate" end to harboring militants operating in Afghanistan didn't spell out the consequences of defiance or suggest a new strategy to get it to yield to longstanding U.S. demands, analysts said Tuesday.

They also said that isolating Pakistan could unsettle the U.S. relationship with Islamabad and push it closer to Russia, China and Iran, further complicating efforts to stabilize the region.

"The idea of U.S. leverage in Pakistan is deeply exaggerated," Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the U.S.-based Wilson Center's Asia Program, said in an email to The Associated Press a day after Trump's...