Pakistan — Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?

“An intelligent enemy is better than a foolish friend.”

Afghan proverb

“The former leader of Pakistan  [ Pervez Musharraf] plays the dispassionate broker very well. … [But] this is when Mr Musharraf’s camouflage starts to slip. The substance of the claim he handles like a politician (it was actually a case of mistaken identity involving the CIA, he says). But he bristles with anger at the mention of Amrullah Saleh’s name.”

Ian Pannell —

Amrullah Saleh — Former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence services

Amrullah Saleh — the former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence — has always maintained that Pakistan was supporting the Taliban. In 2006, he pinpointed Osama bin Laden’s location just a few miles from where American forces would eventually kill him. Perhaps, the West should have listened more carefully to what he was saying all along? Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Amrullah Saleh (born 1971) is a Afghan politician who served as head of the National Directorate of Security from 2004 until his resignation in 2010.

Prior to that he was a member of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s Northern Alliance, assassinated on September 9 2001. And no, the timing is NOT coincidental.

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The news that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in plain sight in a Pakistani military town surprised many Americans, but it came as no surprise to Amrullah Saleh.

In 2006, Saleh told Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf that Bin Laden was living in Manshera, Pakistan, just 20km (12 miles) from where he was eventually found and killed — five years later — on May 2 2011.

Saleh worked very closely with the U.S. in the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban. He is also one of Pakistan’s fiercest critics.

Long before bin Laden’s death,  he was urging the U.S. to pay attention to the intelligence he was gathering on Pakistan’s covert support for America’s enemies. No one listened. Better late than never?

Former Top Afghan Spy Speaks Out

REFERENCES

Amrullah Saleh – Wikipedia

Can Pervez Musharraf help soothe US-Pakistan relations? — BBC

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Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism? Former Top Afghan Spy Speaks Out

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