NATO says Pakistan intelligence helping Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC.The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people.It alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders.A BBC correspondent says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government.Pakistan has strenuously denied any links with the Taliban on previous occasions."We have long been concerned about ties between elements of the ISI and some extremist networks," said US Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby, adding that the US Defence Department had not seen the report.The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says the report - on the state of the Taliban - fully exposes for the first time the relationship between the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) and the Taliban.The report is based on material from 27,000 interrogations with more than 4,000 captured Taliban, al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters and civilians.It notes: "Pakistan's manipulation of the Taliban senior leadership continues unabatedly". It says that Pakistan is aware of the locations of senior Taliban leaders.The report states: "As this document is derived directly from insurgents it should be considered informational and not necessarily analytical."
Despite Nato's strategy to secure the country with Afghan forces, the secret document details widespread collaboration between the insurgents and Afghan police and military.
...It appears that Obama's draw down of troops is well before the Taliban are defeated. It is also another confirmation of the roll of Pakistan's ISI. This is not a good sign for future events in Afghanistan.