CIA linked to Pakistan Taliban

Pakistan’s Express Tribune, which is affiliated with the New York Times, reports:

As American newspapers lifted a self-imposed gag on the CIA links of Raymond Davis, in place on the request of the US administration, The Express Tribune has now learnt that the alleged killer of two Pakistanis had close links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The New York Times reported on Monday that Davis “was part of a covert, CIA-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.”

This contradicts the US claim that Davis was a member of the ‘technical and administrative staff’ of its diplomatic mission in Pakistan.

Davis was arrested on January 27 after allegedly shooting dead two young motorcyclists at a crowded bus stop in Lahore. American officials say that the arrest came after a ‘botched robbery attempt’.

“The Lahore killings were a blessing in disguise for our security agencies who suspected that Davis was masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab,” a senior official in the Punjab police claimed.

“His close ties with the TTP were revealed during the investigations,” he added. “Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency.” Call records of the cellphones recovered from Davis have established his links with 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi sectarian outfit, sources said.

Davis was also said to be working on a plan to give credence to the American notion that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are not safe. For this purpose, he was setting up a group of the Taliban which would do his bidding.

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12 thoughts on “CIA linked to Pakistan Taliban

  1. Lysander


    Am I to understand that Davis was actually assisting suicide bombers targeting Pakistan? That the terror campaign is in fact an American “false flag?” If there is proof of this it would blow the top off the “war on (of?) terror.”

    But there would have to be real proof, beyond a confession by Davis, which could be coerced. Phone contacts could be explained as Davis’ attempt to infiltrate these groups or get members to turn.

    Still, Pakistan should keep digging, and then dig some more.

  2. Colm O' Toole

    No need to even look as far away as Nicaragua when Afghanistan provides alot of what you need. Wasn’t to long ago that the US was funding some of the same people they are fighting now. Haqqani was one of the CIA’s main recipients of cash during the 80’s Soviet War. Now the Haqqani network is thought to be the largest sub-faction within the Taliban.

    Also I will add that it might be still going on.

    Institute for War and Peace Reporting – Ahmad Kawoosh based in Afghanistan
    Nov 09

    “Persistent accounts of western forces in Afghanistan using their helicopters to ferry Taleban fighters, strongly denied by the military, is feeding mistrust of the forces that are supposed to be bringing order to the country.”

    “Rumours have reached the point where US ambassador Karl Eikenberry felt compelled to address them last week at a ceremony honouring the more than 5,500 Afghan police and soldiers who have died during the present war.”

    “Numerous websites have devoted blogs, columns and “investigative reports” to the helicopter rumours; literally everyone has heard the whispers, and many, if not most, believe them. It provides an added reason to suspect and fear the foreign forces, as well as an explanation for the rapid spread of the insurgency throughout the country. In the end, it may not really matter whether the rumours are ever substantiated. The firm belief that Afghans have in them can determine attitudes and behaviour, further fueling mistrust of the westerners in their midst.”

    Also Karzai seemed to back this up in a press conferance in 2010 saying:

    “Without mentioning guilty parties or offering evidence, President Karzai suggested the reports of helicopters delivering terrorists to north Afghanistan were true, saying, “We have received reliable reports from our intelligence service. We have received reliable reports from our people, and today I received a report that these efforts [to transfer Taliban fighters] are also being made mysteriously in the northwest. The issue of helicopters has also been proved. We do not make any more comments now and investigations are under way to see to whom and to which foreign country these helicopters belong”


    Lastly a US Marine Colonel claims that it was the work of Pakistan


    “U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel Chris Nash tells Army Times‘ scoopster Sean Naylor
    his men and their allies from the Afghan Border Police’s 1st Brigade were battling Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s Tora
    Bora mountains. “At a critical point in the battle, the Pakistanis flew several resupply missions to a Taliban base about 15 to 20 kilometers inside

    That one account apparently occured in June 2007.

  3. Norman

    Interesting article. Fact or fiction, one thing is certain the CIA & the Pakistani Security people have had a cozy arrangement for quite a number of years now. That the skeletons in the closet are eye openers. This might be why DoD Gates is on record that there won’t be anymore American forces fighting land battles in the M.E. or Asia. There just isn’t any more personnel, stretched too thin. This may be the turning point, perhaps premature for some, but reality can’t be ignored. Collateral damage, thrown under the bus, another American General in Afghanistan to be relieved? The Genie is out of the bottle.

  4. arias

    I’m really not sure what’s being implied here. That this American CIA agent was working with the Taliban to coordinate attacks against Pakistan? That’s gotta be the looniest thing I’ve ever heard. As if the a Pakistani Taliban would EVER trust a westerner enough to start coordinating attacks with him. I don’t buy it.

    And to what end? Why would this CIA agent actually be a double-agent for the Taliban? Uh … yeah, like the Taliban could have offered him all sorts of enticements to switch sides and run with their crew. Like a beautiful home in a mountain cave or a fat hut in Quetta with the promise of all the opium he can smoke for life. I’m sure that must have been just too tempting for him to refuse. And when they offered the chance to convert him to fundamentalist Islam, live under Sharia Law, and if he’s a good enough mule they might he might be able to meet the Sheik Bin Laden himself before being sent off with an explosive vest on a mission where 75 virgins are waiting for him in paradise!

    Honestly, I can think of far more legitimate reasons for his phone full of numbers like those touched upon by Lysander that don’t venture near the edge into the wilderness into this cockamamy.

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