The government of Pakistan, which receives billions in U.S. government aid each year, is using its intelligence services to support attacks on American military and diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan, top U.S. officials said last week in the most direct accusations to date. Pakistani authorities denied the charges. For years, American military and intelligence officials have claimed the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was directly supporting various terror groups with money, weapons, information, and more. On September 22, however, top commanders told Congress that the links were undeniable. Some analysts even said Pakistan’s behavior came perilously close to an act of war.
During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen (pictured) dropped several bombshells that made headlines worldwide. “The [anti-American] Haqqani [terror] network ... acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency,” he told lawmakers.
According to Mullen, operatives who planned and conducted several high-profile attacks on U.S. troops and the American embassy in Kabul as recently as this month did so “with ISI support.” There is also “credible intelligence” indicating that the network was responsible for a series of “smaller but effective operations,” he said, noting that the Pakistani regime had undermined its credibility and threatened its economic well-being.
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