Secret accord sheltered Al Qaeda linked militants in tribal Pakistan
Wednesday, a US airstrike killed 11 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border.
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On Tuesday, the Indian daily the Economic Times, citing a new book by Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, wrote that the US Central Intelligence Agency established a secret base in northern Pakistan in order to carry out drone strikes.Skip to next paragraph
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"On Jan 9, 2008, Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence, and Gen. Michael Hayden, director of CIA, visited Islamabad where they discussed a plan to make operational a secret CIA base that could mount attacks on militants by drones armed with missiles," Rashid says in his book "Descent into Chaos."
The base was located in the restive Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a region considered a safe haven for Taliban and Al Quaeda cadres, The News [a Pakistan paper] Tuesday reported, quoting from the book.
Washington officials say that such measures are necessary because peace deals are ineffective. The Daily Times reports that
[S]uspected Taliban militants continue to blow up CD shops in Miranshah and target killings have continued despite the February 17 peace deal.
The interior adviser to the Prime Minister Rahman Malik said on Monday that the government has "scrapped" a recent peace deal with Taliban militants in the Swat valley area of the North West Frontier Province because of continued violence, according to Xinhua, China's official news agency. Pakistani authorities later denied that the peace agreements have been abandoned.
Moreover, a report this week by the RAND Corp., a US-based think tank, says that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate and Frontier Corps, which are to police North Waziristan according to the provisions of the agreement, "have failed to root out Afghan insurgent groups based in Pakistan, and, in some cases, individuals from these Pakistani organizations have provided direct assistance to such groups as the Taliban."