Taliban commanders admit backing from ISI

A few more on the record confessions like this and a real break with Pakistan is possible.

Two British documentaries show several Taliban commanders admitting that the ISI assists them in training, supplying weapons, and intelligence.

Reuters:

One Taliban commander, Mullah Qaseem, told the BBC the important things for a fighter were supplies and a hiding place.

"Pakistan plays a significant role. First they support us by providing a place to hide which is really important. Secondly they provide us with weapons," he said, according to excerpts provided by the BBC.

Other Taliban commanders described how they and their fighters were, and are, trained in a network of camps on Pakistani soil.

According to a commander using the name Mullah Azizullah, the experts running the training are either members of the ISI or have close links to it.

"They are all the ISI's men. They are the ones who run the training. First they train us about bombs; then they give us practical guidance," he said.

Another Taliban fighter, known as Commander Najib, said al Qaeda trainers also operated in the camps, talent spotting possible suicide bombers.

"I was in the camp for a month ... They were giving us practical training in whatever weapons we specialized in ... Suicide bombers were taken to a different section and were kept apart from us. Those who were taught to be suicide bombers were there," he said.

It was also revealed that Afghanistan told the Pakistani government that Osama bin Laden was hiding in the northern part of their country back in 2006 - very close to where we eventually killed him - and the Pakistanis did nothing about it.

There will be a reckoning with Pakistan. They have been assisting those who are killing our soldiers with impunity and with no consequences. Somewhere down the line, the US is going to get satisfaction either by cutting off aid, or moving dramatically closer to India. War is not out of the question, but a remote possibility.

The bottom line: Pakistan is going to pay for this betrayal.


A few more on the record confessions like this and a real break with Pakistan is possible.

Two British documentaries show several Taliban commanders admitting that the ISI assists them in training, supplying weapons, and intelligence.

Reuters:

One Taliban commander, Mullah Qaseem, told the BBC the important things for a fighter were supplies and a hiding place.

"Pakistan plays a significant role. First they support us by providing a place to hide which is really important. Secondly they provide us with weapons," he said, according to excerpts provided by the BBC.

Other Taliban commanders described how they and their fighters were, and are, trained in a network of camps on Pakistani soil.

According to a commander using the name Mullah Azizullah, the experts running the training are either members of the ISI or have close links to it.

"They are all the ISI's men. They are the ones who run the training. First they train us about bombs; then they give us practical guidance," he said.

Another Taliban fighter, known as Commander Najib, said al Qaeda trainers also operated in the camps, talent spotting possible suicide bombers.

"I was in the camp for a month ... They were giving us practical training in whatever weapons we specialized in ... Suicide bombers were taken to a different section and were kept apart from us. Those who were taught to be suicide bombers were there," he said.

It was also revealed that Afghanistan told the Pakistani government that Osama bin Laden was hiding in the northern part of their country back in 2006 - very close to where we eventually killed him - and the Pakistanis did nothing about it.

There will be a reckoning with Pakistan. They have been assisting those who are killing our soldiers with impunity and with no consequences. Somewhere down the line, the US is going to get satisfaction either by cutting off aid, or moving dramatically closer to India. War is not out of the question, but a remote possibility.

The bottom line: Pakistan is going to pay for this betrayal.


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