The WikiLeak’s disclosure of 90,000 documents from the US Afghan war-front show evidence that on-the-ground commanders believe Pakistani spy agencies are collaborating with the Taliban. This comes a day after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen was snapped with Pakistani Generals discussing candidly the efforts by Pakistan against terrorism and violent extremism.
While it is common knowledge that the Taliban were strongly supported by Pakistan during the 80’s and 90’s, many of the military links between the Pakistan army and Taliban were kept active post 9/11 even. This goes against what Pakistan, as an ally of the United States, has supposedly been fighting against in the War on Terror for the past nine years.
Judging by the disclosed documents, Pakistani spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), 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."
American commanders and policy makers react to this intel by having candid discussions with Pakistani Generals in air conditioned offices in Islamabad and promising $1 billion in aid per year along with modern weaponry. Even the White House National Security advisor called this morning’s leaks as destructive and hailed the combined “counter-terrorism cooperation” between the United States and Pakistan.
One has to ask who is double crossing whom? The Pakistanis, who are taking American money and working with the enemy? Or the US who, having full knowledge of ISI support for Taliban continues with a Pakistani alliance in the War on Terror?
Another integral question that is raised by this disclosure is in its timing. In the week where Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen had visited Pakistan on either side of a Kabul Conference, the release of these documents means that someone within the army is not happy with the way things are being handled on an official level. Any purpose of these documents other than to harm the US-Pakistan alliance is not missed here.
Meanwhile, Iranian media is reporting the leak as an exposé into the immense number of civilian casualties by American forces in Afghanistan. According to Press TV, the real figure of civilian casualties had previously been publically hidden and deliberately downplayed. Press TV’s account makes a brief mention of ISI involvement with the Taliban.
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