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Reports: Pakistan spy service aids insurgents

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Really? What was our first clue?


Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports to be made public Sunday.

The documents, to be made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.

Taken together, the reports indicate that American soldiers on the ground are inundated with accounts of a network of Pakistani assets and collaborators that runs from the Pakistani tribal belt along the Afghan border, through southern Afghanistan, and all the way to the capital, Kabul.


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Sarge, this has been brought up by analysts since at least 2009 from what I'm able to find. Foreign Policy's website has a PDF file of a report from the Crisis States Research Center by Matt Waldmann at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard titled "The Sun in the Sky: The Relationship Between Pakistan's ISI and Afgan Inusrgents" that came out in JUne. (Link: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/fp_uploaded_documents/100613_20106138531279734lse-isi-taliban.pdf)

I've read other analysts recently in Foreign Policy-I'll have to dig around to find the articles-that have been intimating ties between the ISI and the Taliban for a while now.

In other words; this is news?

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