Monday, September 3, 2012


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Should US officials rule out a possible role of ISI in attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan? Well, they did just that. US officials refused to endorse Afghanistan's claim that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated their Security Forces and were attacking American and NATO troops, dressed as Afghan soldiers. This was reported on August 27. "It's our understanding that these attacks aren't the work of foreign intelligence services," a senior US defence official revealed to the Wall Street Journal. Citing US investigations of the incidents, the official said, "They're typically Afghans who themselves decide to conduct them, and some Afghans from insurgent networks might have helped on occasion."

OSINT News feels that if these Afghan Security Forces decided to kill American and NATO troops, they would have readily have decided to align themselves with Pakistan's ISI.
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Earlier, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, issued a statement, insisting that "foreign spy agencies" had infiltrated Afghan Security Forces and were now using their uniforms to attack US and NATO troops in the early morning hours of August 27, 2012. U.S. Special Operations forces have suspended the training of some Afghan Local Police recruits while it double-checks the background of the current police force, following a rise in attacks against NATO troops by their Afghan counterparts. The order makes sense, since more than 40 NATO troops were killed this year either by members of the Afghan security forces or by insurgents disguised as Afghan police or soldiers. It adds a whole new meaning to the term "friendly fire."

"Current partnered operations have and will continue, even as we temporarily suspend training of about 1,000 new ALP recruits while re-vetting current members"- Col. Thomas Collins, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.
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OSINT News feels America and the NATO alliance has some soul searching to do. The war in Afghanistan has spread into Pakistan and our counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan will fail if we dismiss the ISI's influence and it's capability of sabotaging the development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) into a unified ideological, civil, and military machine that can provide the security requisite for stable government to exist. Weaknesses in the ANSF will be exploited by by the Taliban, Hekmatyer, and Haqqani networks. Both the Afghan army and police forces must increase in size and capability. Many believe the size of the ASNF should be doubled and that the logistical, financial, and training to make the units of the ASNF capable of operating independently should be greatly increased. 
Some believe the United States is the only country with the resources to make this happen and add that it has failed to do so. They claim the U.S. has not provided enough money, mentors, and training personnel or the kind of partners in the field necessary to create the scale and quality of Afghan forces needed. If the situation isn't reversed, they say, then  Afghanistan, NATO/ISAF, and the United States may well lose the war.

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OSINT News believes that US officials should not so quickly rule out the possibility of an ISI role in the steady attacks on US and NATO troops by disloyal members of the ANSF. They may have been influenced by the ISI. 
After all, the relationship between Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban has been described as Pakistan's "double game" and arises from Islamabad's yearning to gain "strategic depth" in Afghanistan.

OSINT News also believes that certain factions of Pakistan's ISI support the Haqqani, al Qaeda, Taliban and Hekmatyer networks to sabotage the entire process...we hope we're wrong.
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