While relations between United States and Pakistan are strained, the annual-country terrorism report released by the States declared that Pakistan’s Operation Zarb e Azb in North Waziristan Agency further degraded the freedom of al Qaeda to operate in the region. The report shed light on terrorist activities around the world with specific counter-terrorism efforts. The report acknowledged that al Qaeda activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan suffered tremendously. According to the report,
International, Afghan, and Pakistani forces continued to contest AQ’s [al Qaeda] presence in the region, and Pakistan’s offensive in North Waziristan Agency further degraded the group’s freedom to operate. Pressure on AQ’s traditional safe havens has constrained the leadership’s ability to communicate effectively with affiliate groups outside of South Asia.
The report also acknowledge the massive decrease in terrorist-related violence within Pakistan while stating that the country stills suffered against targets such as schools,
The Pakistani military and security forces undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP)… Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or the Haqqani Network (HQN), or substantially limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan, although Pakistan supported efforts to bring both groups into an Afghan-led peace process.
While the States acknowledged the efforts against al Qaeda it pointed out certain measures Pakistan did not take which is the primary reason behind the strain in the relationship between the two countries. Apparently, including the Haqqani Network,
Pakistan has also not taken sufficient action against other externally-focused groups such as Lashkar e Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish e Mohammad (JeM), which continued to operate, train, organize, and fundraise in Pakistan.
The report claimed that 11,774 terrorist attacks took place around the world in 92 different countries in 2015 alone and acknowledged that India continued to experience terrorist attacks from operations launched by groups based in Pakistan (Pathankot attack provided no evidence of Pakistani involvement). Iran was the focus of the report. In that, the report stated that Iran,
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remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment to groups around the world.