September 12: The New Paper report by David A. Andelman states that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had to do some elaborate diplomatic two-steps during their swing across the Indian subcontinent last week. And that goes way beyond being forced to deny that either was the anonymous author of the stunning New York Times column disclosing that senior officials in the administration of President Donald Trump were "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". Beyond the backdrop of reported tension over Mr Trump's mimicking of the accent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there were the Gordian-like questions of choosing the United States' greatest friend between the arch rivals India and Pakistan.
Menafn: Afghanistan- Pakistan Not Restricting Taliban and Haqqani Network — US
September 22 – Menafn states that the US State Department says in a report that the Pakistani government vowed support to the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban but did not restrict the group and Haqqani network from operating in Pakistan-based safe havens and threatening US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. The department said Afghanistan continued to experience aggressive and coordinated attacks by the Taliban, including the affiliated Haqqani network and other insurgent and terrorist groups.