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US official confirms CIA has 3,000-man ‘covert army’ in Afghanistan

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team have waged an internal battle over Afghan policy that has been marked by bitter infighting, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

The Associated Press reports,

Meanwhile, a U.S. official in Washington confirmed Woodward’s report that the CIA is running an all-Afghan paramilitary group in Afghanistan that has been hunting Taliban and al-Qaida targets for the agency. A security professional in Kabul familiar with the operation says the 3,000-strong force was set up in 2002 to capture targets for CIA interrogation. Both sources spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.


Another AP article adds, “Woodward also reports the units conduct covert operations into Pakistan as part of a campaign against al-Qaida and Taliban havens there.”

The book describes Obama as a “professorial president” who assigned “homework” to advisers but bristled at what he saw as military commanders’ attempts to force him into a decision to triple troop levels in Afghanistan, the Times reported.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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