March 30, 2009

US: ISI helping al Qaeda

Of all issues, investigating the nuclear-armed nation's spy network "is the most important," Richard Holbrooke

After 7 years of aiding Pakistan some US officials are finally speaking out against the ISI in public. It's pretty much an open secret that the ISI is helping, aiding and even training al Qaida and taliban who are operating out of Pakistan.

"There are some cases that are indisputable in which that appears to have taken place," General Petraeus AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) The United States has vowed to put the heat on Pakistan's spies in its new regional strategy, with top officials openly accusing elements in powerful intelligence agency of abetting Al-Qaeda.[...]

Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to the region, said he would visit Pakistan again next week to follow up on the plan. Of all issues, investigating the nuclear-armed nation's spy network "is the most important," he said.

"The issue's very disturbing," Holbrooke said on public television when asked if Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was assisting Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists.

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