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DON’T SPEAK TO THE ENEMY January 2, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.

That way the “war on terror” can continue for as long as possible, and its economic benefits be to that extent assured. The London Telegraph reports that the two European officials, who were experts on Afghanistan, were expelled at the behest of American officials. Earlier reports had suggested that the Afghanistan Government, as the overt cause of the expulsion, had been foolish. The suggestion of American involvement was denied by the US Embassy, but if it is true it represents a serious fracture the alliance.

The article makes this point clear:(via The War in Context)

. . . according to a senior Afghan intelligence source, American officials had been unhappy about meetings between the men and high-level Taliban commanders in the volatile Helmand province.

The source claimed that the US alerted Afghan authorities after learning that the diplomats were providing direct financial and other support – including mobile phone cards – to the Taliban commanders, in the hope of persuading them to swap sides.

“This warning came from the Americans,” he said. “They were not happy with the support being provided to the Taliban. They gave the information to our intelligence services, who ordered the arrests.”

A government source in Kabul said there were close links between Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the US Central Intelligence Agency, adding:

“The Afghan government would never have acted alone to expel officials of such a senior level. This was information that was given to the NDS by the Americans.

” These claims will reinforce perceptions of a rift between the US and its international partners in Afghanistan, including Britain.

Recent days has seen the situation in Pakistan deteriorate precipitously following the death of Benzir Bhutto. Given this development in Afghanistan, it can be expected that some participating countries are going to wonder why their troops should be placed in danger with such an ally. G Bush has a year to run, and the question is what do you do?



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