U.S. Intelligence Self-Critical Of Its Role In Afghanistan

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January 5, 2010 - The head of the U.S. Army Intelligence in Afghanistan has severely criticized the work of intelligence agencies in the country. In a report of the organization Center for New American Security, Gen. Michael Flynn says that in eight years of war, the activity of secret services, which he describes as "confusing", is only marginally significant in the overall strategy in Afghanistan.

Flynn criticizes U.S. Intelligence agents for focusing almost exclusively on "capturing or killing insurgents of medium and high level." "It is necessary for winning a war", but "secondary" when compared with the importance of collecting information "about the context of operations" and "distinguishing between the Taliban and the rest of the Afghan people" in order to take "important decisions".

In a report that shows the tensions between the U.S. army and intelligence agencies, the general writes that agents are "unaware of local economies and landowners, are confused about people coming to power and how they can influence them".

He also claims that they are not interested in development projects or in how peasants can collaborate with them and need need to make a real "cultural change" in order to collect information at all levels of the Afghan society.

Double Agent

The report was published just days after a suicide bomber killed seven members of the CIA at a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest attacks in the history of the agency. The bomber was in fact a member of Al Qaeda, as well as a double agent of the Jordanian intelligence services, also working for the CIA.

The attacker knew firsthand the field, since working for nearly a year with U.S. intelligence services, who considered him a Jordanian intelligence agent and therefore "a friend ". For this reason, he was able to enter the room where a meeting was held with some of the highest officers of the Central Intelligence Agency in the area, among whom was the head of the mission, who died in the bombing.

His role as a double agent explains why his arrival at the base of Chapman was not recorded and why he was allowed to enter the secured area without further control. He was supposed to bring to the meeting a "valuable" information that could lead to U.S. forces to the leaders of Al Qaeda, specifically to Ayman al-Zawahiri, number two in the Osama bin Laden's organization.

Arrested in Jordan and later recruited by the Jordanian intelligence services, the attacker has been identified by a Taliban source in Pakistan as the doctor Human Khaili Mohammed.

While U.S. and Jordan (Washington's key ally in the area) believed that he was spying for them, Mohammed was a double agent to whom radical Islamists delivered explosives to blow himself up and kill as many as possible CIA agents.

In addition to the seven members of the CIA, the attack also killed Sharif Ali Bin Zeid, a Jordanian Army captain and distant relative of the king of Jordan, who was the local "case officer" of the double agent.

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