ISI urged attacks on US targets: Officials

The fact is that the Afghanistan problem is not just about the Haqqani Network. Afghanistan has multiple problems, most of which have nothing whatsoever to do with the Haqqanis. Even if the Haqqani Network were entirely taken out, Afghanistan would remain largely the same. In fact, if the only stumbling block between an Afghanistan gone bad and an idyllic Afghanistan were the Network, Afghanistan would have been a piece of cake, not the wicked problem it has become. And, if the insurgency in Afghanistan was only run by the Haqqanis, JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) would not be conducting thousands of night operations for the last year-and-half across all of Afghanistan, operations that are terribly unpopular.



by Reuters


[Admiral Mullen and the rest have taken a dangerous, but necessary position, if this war is ever going to end–accusing Pakistan publicly as the power behind the Afghan Taliban will have severe repercussions.  Continuing along this path will inevitably lead to a break in relations, unless the US accusers prove their contentions.  Even then, it may well be the end of cooperation in keeping open the “easy route” for NATO supplies going to Afghanistan.  The US cannot continue its hypocritical course of abusing Pakistani integrity while depending upon it to serve as the lynchpin to the entire Afghan war effort, just as Pakistan cannot continue serving Imperial interests which are detrimental to its own national interests.  Something has to give.  If the ISI really is the power behind the insurgency, just as it was during the anti-Soviet insurgency, it is time to face that fact and suffer the fallout, no matter how painful that will be.  If Pakistan and the United States are still allies, then each side must stop trying to undercut the other side and search for ways to realign their interests.

The only alternative is to end the Afghan war now, letting the chips fall where they may–the consequences of an Imperial war of world conquest gone awry.]


WASHINGTON: US officials say there is mounting evidence that Pakistan’s chief intelligence agency has been encouraging a Pakistan-based militant network to attack US targets.

The allegations, if fully confirmed, heighten a painful dilemma for President Barack Obama’s administration. Washington is under growing political pressure to take action against the Haqqani network after a spate of deadly attacks US officials have attributed to it. These include last week’s strike against the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Some US intelligence reporting alleges that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) specifically directed, or urged, the Haqqani network to carry out the September 13 attack on the embassy and a NATO headquarters in Kabul, according two US officials and a source familiar with recent US-Pakistan official contacts. However, officials cautioned that this information is uncorroborated.

Washington under growing political pressure to take action against Haqqani network after attacks on US officials. PHOTO: FILE/EXPRESS

Another US official familiar with internal government assessments said that at the very least, the available intelligence strongly suggests the ISI has been egging on elements of the Haqqani network to launch attacks at American targets in the region.

While American officials have aired allegations of ties between the ISI and the Haqqani network in recent days, they have not publicly cited evidence that the Pakistani agency, or elements of it, urged its proxy to attack US targets.

While the ISI’s motives in any such attacks are not clear, Pakistan has long wanted to play a major role in Afghanistan’s future after the departure of NATO troops, and to counter what it sees as the growing influence there of arch-rival India.

This week, top US officials, including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, demanded that Pakistan’s leaders take action against the Haqqanis, who are based in that country’s tribal areas and are considered among the most dangerous insurgent groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Still, despite the threats and an intensified campaign of violence that threatens US efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, the Obama administration has few options for increasing pressure on Pakistan and none of them are good.

After years of efforts to cajole, coax and threaten Pakistan into cracking down on a host of militants operating from within its borders failed to bear fruit, US officials are exasperated.

For the United States one alternative – another cross-border raid, like the Navy SEAL mission that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May — may be tempting in some quarters. But the risks are high and the backlash from Pakistan would be fierce, almost certainly harming what counter-terrorism cooperation exists.


“The (US) administration has thrown everything at this — high-level meetings, tons of money, all of these overtures, and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere,” said Caroline Wadhams, a security analyst in Washington.

“This can’t go on forever,” she said, “but the problem is that we have so little leverage.”

“Pakistan values its relationship with the US and is committed to eliminating terrorism in Afghanistan and from our soil,” said a senior Pakistani official. “We will look at all evidence shared by the US side and deal harshly with anyone and everyone responsible for terrorism.”

The long-simmering tension between the sometime allies, sometime adversaries came to a head last week after the brazen attack on the US Embassy in Kabul. It was a major blow as Obama hopes to nudge Afghanistan toward stability and gradually bring home US forces after a decade of war.

Since then, American officials, including Obama’s ambassador in Islamabad and Mullen, his top military officer, have issued unusually blunt criticisms of Pakistan’s failure to curb the Haqqani group — and made frank statements accusing Islamabad of links to the group.

Mullen, in a speech to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Tuesday he had pressed Pakistan’s army chief in a four-hour conversation on Friday to break the country’s links with the Haqqanis.

“We covered … the need for the Haqqani Network to disengage, specifically the need for the ISI to disconnect from Haqqani and from this proxy war that they’re fighting,” Mullen said.

The Haqqanis, just one of a host of militant groups that have used western Pakistan as a base for attacks in Afghanistan, are seen as allied to both al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban. Supported at times in the past by the CIA, they have had long-standing ties to the ISI.

On Tuesday, regional tensions soared even higher when a suicide bomber killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former Afghan president who had headed efforts to secure a peace deal with the Taliban.

While responsibility for the attack remains unclear, the shocking assassination threatened to do even more to reverse a tentative thaw in perpetually dismal US-Pakistani ties a few months after Osama bin Laden was killed near Islamabad. The initial conclusion of US government experts is that Rabbani’s assassination was carried out by Afghan Taliban and had no connection to the Haqqani network.

Vali Nasr, who until this spring was a senior official in the US State Department’s Afghanistan-Pakistan office, said efforts to prompt Pakistani action against militants with increased public pressure had fallen short.

“They are not blinking,” he said.

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    1. Dr. A.K. Tewari, America is losing the war even though its the most destructive power on earth. You better pray for America. Americans themselves are wary of this war now. The ultimate cost of the three fronted wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are incurring abhorring costs on the economy of the United States. The Military Industry Complex and the Zionists lobby in the US is waging these wars because it is exclusively they, who are the exclusive beneficiaries of these stupid wars, being fought in lands which have no direct enmity or clash of interests with the United States.

  1. US military industry complex is the backbone of American economy, and it operates in such a way that during war its profits increase manifold. For instance war with Iraq increased sale of arms to Arab countries. Similarly tensions in our region are forcing us also to purchase arms from the U. S.
    They have so many channels to squeeze money out of us. Every Indian and every Pakistani is voluntarily putting money into their pockets daily, through use of mobile phone services, cold drinks, tooth pastes, medicines, soaps and so many other things of daily use….
    So its through cooperation and not confrontation that we can increase our GDP? Once we recognize this fact, then and only then can we do something good for our fellow countrymen, both in India as well as in Pakistan.

    1. This is exactly the point I made. The ruling elite in the US which is more or less directed by the mighty military industry machine in cahoots with the Zionists is giving us lollypops like amenities of modern day living but simultaneously are making us poor by draining our resources.
      Instead of importing all such items which make our people addicted to such amenities and go on pouring their hard earned money into the pockets of modern day shylocks, we should better develop our own industries, so that not only do we enjoy self sufficiency but also can frame policies which are in the best interests of our respective nations.
      Ya I do agree, cooperation not confrontation, but what can you do when you want to get rid of the blanket but blanket doesn’t allow you to get rid of [I believe you know the ‘blanket’ story, if you don’t, I will reproduce it for you. I myself read it while I was in my school primary].

  2. Meray khiyal main Pakistan aur India donon mulk apas main ulajhanay ki bajayay aman ke sath rahain tau ye khitta pur aman ban sakta hai.
    India aur Pakistan ek doosray ka muqabla karnay ke liay America se weapons kharidtay hain or us ki industry ko taraqqi detay hain, jis ki waja se Amrica chal rah hai.
    Agar donon mulk jitna paisa weapons pe lagatay hain utna apnay awam pe, apnay logon pe lagain to donon mulkon main awam ki ghurbat kamm ho sakti hae.

  3. Haan Atif aapke khayal achey hain, per jo loag Kashmir ko kisi bhi kimat par Bharat se alag karne per aamada hain unko ye baat samajh nahi aa sakti.

    1. Dr. A.K. Tewari, There I agree with you that all those who want to detach Kashmir from Bharat “at all costs” are wrong. To settle disputes between individuals, communities as well as nations “at all costs” is no option and no solution. But to think that Kashmir under no circumstance, is detachable from India is also not realistic. If the people of Kashmir want to remain part of India, perfectly OK but if they do want their right to determine their future themselves, then India must honour their verdict.
      We have fought three wars over Kashmir but did not gain anything. Pakistan looking into soft belly of India some where in the Indian territory or India finding similar opportunity in Pakistan will never let this subcontinent get peace.
      Its, therefore, incumbent upon the two governments [for the people neither in India nor in Pakistan, excepting a few war mongers, want a war] that they sit together and amicably settle their disputes.
      Sticking to hard lines adopted by both states will never bring peace to the subcontinent and the peoples on both sides of the border will continue to suffer as they have been since last 64years.

  4. We are at war for the last thousands of years and that war will still continue in the cyberspace, but we should jointly work to keep ourselves away from the hard physical war.
    Hoiyeh wahi jo Ram rachi rakhaa.

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