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US suspending security aid to Pakistan

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The US State Department said on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which Washington believes is destabilizing the region.

“Today we can confirm that we are suspending ... security assistance only to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. We consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting US personnel,” she told a regular news briefing.

Although State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she could not provide a dollar value for the suspended aid because the administration was still calculating the types of aid affected by the decision, a US official told Reuters that the amount of newly suspended aid to Pakistan is more than $255 million

Nauert added that some of the aid could still be permitted if Islamabad takes decisive action against the groups.