The Sunday 1st Thread For 6/13/10: Pakistan Playing Behind The US Backs With The Afghan Taliban
Photo from Getty ImagesWhy are we there again if this turns out to be true:
A report by a leading British institution claims that Pakistan's intelligence service has a direct link with the Taliban in Afghanistan.Again, because it can't be asked enough.
Published on Sunday by the London School of Economics, the report said that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) has an "official policy" of support for the Taliban.
It claims the ISI provides funding and training for the Taliban, and that the agency has representatives on the so-called Quetta Shura, the Taliban's leadership council, which is believed to meet in Pakistan.
The report is based on interviews with Taliban commanders in Afghanistan, and was written by Matt Waldman, a fellow at Harvard University.
US officials have long suspected a link between the ISI and the Taliban, but those suspicions are rarely confirmed.
"Pakistan appears to be playing a double-game of astonishing magnitude," the report said.
A Pakistani diplomatic source dismissed the report as "naive".
Why are we there again?