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Latest Inter-Services Intelligence Items
The Treasury Department on Thursday acted against three senior members of Pakistan-based terrorist groups that have been behind attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, including the kidnapping and beheading of a U.S. journalist.
Some can't wait to get out of Afghanistan, and some can't wait to see us leave. NATO allies want out ASAP. Some have left already (Dutch troops), others are preparing to leave (Canadians), and soon the allied fighting force will be reduced to 100,000 Americans and 9,000 Brits. And Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the United States to reduce its military footprint countrywide - just as U.S. commander Gen. David H. Petraeus seeks to widen it - and begin negotiations with the Taliban.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has advocated a gradual approach in trying to shut down anti-India militant groups fighting in Kashmir, noting the popularity of such groups among Pakistanis.
The negotiations in Kabul between the Afghan government and the Taliban did little, and claims that they achieved a major breakthrough were inflated, participants and local analysts said.
Pakistan's nuclear weapons renegade, who sold nuclear secrets to America's enemies (Iran, North Korea and Libya) and spent the best part of the last decade under house arrest, is still Pakistan's most popular man. Two weeks ago, Abdul Qadeer Khan, now a free man, was a guest on ARY, one of Pakistan's most popular TV channels, with a strong anti-U.S. bias. A frequent guest on ARY is another notorious anti-American, Gen. Hamid Gul, long retired as a former Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) chief and self-appointed adviser to Pakistan's anti-U.S. Islamist political parties. Not only did he get 90 minutes of airtime, but Mr. Khan talked openly of when he might be president or prime minister, enough to give official Washington conniption fits.
The Wikileaks scandal is not even a pale carbon copy of the Pentagon papers 39 years ago that accelerated America's Vietnam defeat. But even then, nothing was revealed that wasn't known by the war correspondents covering Vietnam. Deception and disinformation were part of the U.S. arsenal. And the daily afternoon military briefing was known as the "Five O'clock Follies." This was followed by the civilian briefing, which was largely ignored by the war correspondents. Yet this is where one found out about the latest Viet Cong atrocity - such as wiping out an entire village to cower neighboring villages into total compliance.
The retired Pakistani general recently named as a key link between Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and their backers in Islamabad has been hitting out at his critics ever since a huge database of secret U.S. military field reports identifying him was posted on the Web over the weekend.
Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency who denies aiding the Taliban, was interviewed by Washington Times Editor at Large Arnaud de Borchgrave in Pakistan days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S. The interview was first published by United Press International.
An al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group, al-Shabaab, claimed responsibility Monday for bombings in Uganda that killed 74 people ("Somali Islamists claim Uganda carnage," Page 1, Tuesday). This shows clearly why the United States has troops in Afghanistan.