‘US air attack in Pak after verifying ISI-Taliban link’

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has intercepted messages to indicate that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was in “complete coordination”....

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: February 23, 2009 1:19:20 am

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has intercepted messages to indicate that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was in “complete coordination” with the Taliban,according to a US journalist.

The New York Times’s White House correspondent David E Sanger has claimed in his latest book that the US decision to launch air attacks inside Pakistan’s western borders was taken after “one such high-level conversation was intercepted” in which a speaker said the Taliban was a “strategic asset” for Pakistan.

Excerpts of the book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the challenges to American power were published by Pakistani newspaper The News.

The book claimed that NSA had intercepted messages indicating ISI officers were helping Taliban in planning a big bomb attack in Afghanistan although the target was unclear. After some days,Kandahar jail was attacked by the Taliban and hundreds of their militants were freed,it said,adding that the US decision to invade Pakistani territories was taken “after CIA reached a conclusion that the ISI was absolutely in complete coordination with the Taliban”.

According to the Pakistani daily,Sanger also wrote that the telephones of all senior army officers,including its chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani,were bugged by NSA and CIA.

The author “claims that American intelligence agencies were intercepting telephonic conversations of army officers and the decision to attack Pakistan through drones was taken after one such high-level conversation was intercepted claiming the Taliban as a ‘strategic asset’ for Pakistan”,it said.

The US scribe “seemed to have been given direct access to the secret record of several meetings held at the White House before George Bush left on January 20,” the daily said.

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