Sunday, July 19, 2015

CIA, Intel, and Afghanistan

Central Intelligence Agency Pubs. The CIA has declassified five important documents that are related to the 9/11 attacks. The documents provide important historical information about the DCI Counterterrorist Center Directorate of Operations, assessment of CIA's performance, and findings about the CIA's response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The pubs are available on the CIA's website at the following link.

Two Tunisians Held by CIA Released. Two long time detainees held first by the CIA and later the U.S. military were repatriated to Tunisia and subsequently released. Read more in a The Washington Post news story (June 26, 2015).

Studies in Intelligence, Volume 59, Number 2, June 2015. Unclassified extracts published on the Central Intelligence Agency library webpage.

Khost Protection Force (KPF) Targeted by Bomber. A senior Afghan official in Kabul stated that a suicide bomber that killed 25 in mid-July outside the former FOB Chapman was targeting the paramilitary group once led and supported by the CIA. In earlier years Chapman was the location of Special Forces and CIA led Afghan paramilitary units that operated near (or past) the Pakistan border. The KPF is now controlled by the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS); which of course, was (is?) funded and advised by the CIA. (The New York Times, Jul 12, 2015).

Book Review. Kate Drew reviews a book by Thomas Fingar - Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security. (E-International Relations, Jul 11, 2015).

Failed Drone Strategy. A former ISAF Intel officer - LTG (Ret) Mike Flynn has some comments on President Obama's reliance on drones to combat terrorism. "When you drop a bomb from a drone . . . you are going to cause more damage than you are going to cause good". (Politico, Jul 16, 2015)

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