Afghan Intelligence Trying to Find a Trump Card

New York Times, Tuesday, October 29, 2013

U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack On Militants: Dispute Over Courting of Pakistan Taliban, by Matthew Rosenberg

Kabul, Afghanistan–“A bungled attempt by the Afghan government to cultivate a shadowy alliance with Islamist militants escalated into the latest flashpoint in the troubled relationship between Afghanistan and the United States, according to new accounts by officials from both countries.

The disrupted plan involved Afghan intelligence trying to work with the Pakistan Taliban, allies of  Al Qaeda, in order to find a trump card in a baroque regional power game that is likely to intensify after the American withdrawal next year, the officials said.  And what started the hard feelings was that the Americans caught them red-handed.”

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