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MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban claimed Friday that they used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out a suicide bombing that killed seven American CIA employees in Afghanistan as revenge for a top militant leader's death in a U.S. missile strike.
The announcement was nearly impossible to verify independently because it involves covert operations in a dangerous region. It is highly unusual for the Pakistani Taliban to claim credit for an attack in Afghanistan, and the proclamation followed indications the Afghan Taliban may have been involved in the attack.
invited onto the base and was not searched.
One former intelligence official tells CBS News initial reports indicate the bomber was being recruited as a CIA source.
And a Pakistani Taliban commander Friday praised what he called their "double agent." He said the bomber was avenging the killing of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a U.S. drone strike last August.
Taliban sources tell CBS News the notorious Haqqani network was behind the attack, using Afghan operatives with the help from colleagues in Pakistan.
New Clues about CIA Suicide Bomber
Originally posted by desert
The base is named after the first military casualty of the war, but the first casualty was a CIA person, Spann if I remember correctly, at a prison. This suicide bombing seems like a disaster for the CIA as regards personnel, and it must have some effect on mission, I just wonder to what extant. Corruption and lawlessness of this area combine with fanaticism and war to produce events like this, although, really, any war will produce deadly turncoats/double agents.
Part of the CIA is a defacto but stealthy military for the US. These personnel, unless recognized, will never be known publicly, but will have been every bit involved in foreign policy AND war. Soldiers they are.
The New York Times, October 29, 2001
The close personal relationships that had developed between C.I.A. and I.S.I. officials - General Gul among them - during the war against the Soviets withered away
Pakistani Intelligence Had Links to Al Qaeda
The Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] was founded in 1948 by a British army officer, Maj Gen R Cawthome, ...
The ISI is tasked with collection of foreign and domestic intelligence; co-ordination of intelligence functions of the three military services; surveillance over its cadre, foreigners, the media, politically active segments of Pakistani society, diplomats of other countries accredited to Pakistan and Pakistani diplomats serving outside the country; the interception and monitoring of communications; and the conduct of covert offensive operations.
Pakistan Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI]
There is much speculation as to how a suicide bomber was able to get inside a U.S. base in Afghanistan, killing 7 CIA agents. As Kimberly Dozier reports, the Haqqani group is eyed as a suspect.
CIA Killings Raise Questions
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
Amen to that. All too often people seem to caste the CIA aside as some sort of nefarious agency, with no pride or honor present amongst those who serve within its ranks. This could not be further from the truth however, as many within the CIA are putting their lives on the line everyday, in exactly the same manner as our uniformed Military personnel. Soldiers they are, indeed.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
pak tells US: back off, the haqqanis are *good* taliban
the siege of kunduz was the first example of pak protecting their strategic assets that they call the taliban. then they airlifted 100s of pak army officers who were supposed taliban, besieged by the northern alliance. the CIA colluded.
here they are refusing the fight the haqqanis. (very likely obama will back off from confronting the ISI).
a third is the fact that gulbuddin hekmatyar, who got 20% of all the aid given by the CIA in the soviet-era war, is now a major foe of the americans.
you have to admire the pak capability to have the cake and eat it too.
SOLD OUT at the top...
This is the second installment in a five-part series offering a first-person account by David Rohde of his seven months as a captive of the Taliban in Pakistan. Mr. Rohde, a New York Times reporter, was kidnapped with two Afghan colleagues on Nov. 10, 2008, as they traveled to an interview with a Taliban commander outside of Kabul, Afghanistan.
The articles are based on Mr. Rohde’s recollections and, where possible, records kept by his family and colleagues. For safety reasons, certain names and details have been withheld.
Inside the Islamic Emirate - held by the Taliban.