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    CIA director William Casey in 1984, or '85, directed, with Reagan's approval, the US Special Forces to train agents of Pakistan's intelligence agencies in bomb-making, assassination and sabotage techniques, who, in turn, trained "thousands" of Afghanis, Arabs and who knows who else:

    "US Special Forces’ experts would now provide high-tech explosives and teach state-of-the-art sabotage techniques, including the fabrication of ANFO (ammonium nitrate-fuel oil) car bombs, to Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (or ISI) officers under the command of Brig. Mohammed Yousaf. These officers, in turn, tutored thousands of Afghan and foreign mujahideen, including the future cadre of al-Qaeda, in scores of training camps financed by the Saudis.

    "Under ISI direction," Coll wrote, "the mujahideen received training and malleable explosives to mount car-bomb and even camel-bomb attacks in Soviet-occupied cities, usually designed to kill Soviet soldiers and commanders. Casey endorsed these despite the qualms of some CIA career officers."

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    •  I can attest to that as a witness (1+ / 0-)
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      I began the SF Qualification Course at Ft. Bragg in '88.  There were several Pakistanis in my class.  Not particularly odd since every class has foreign military officers go through but they are exempt from the classified portions (perhaps they got that training elsewhere as SF is open as a "white" unit, JSOC "grey", then there are "black" units).  They get sent to Disney World, really, during the last phase of classroom work until we all come together again for the "Robin Sage" field exercise and graduation.

      Thinking back, though, IIRC there were some Paki NCOs, which is a little unusual since most of the foreign students are officers.

      There is no way to know if they were really military or ISI in military uniform.

      I will say this, though, at no time in my training was there EVER any training on assassination.  Sabotage, resistance, guerilla warfare and counter-insurgency, yes, but not assassination - ever.  Most of that training is open sourced in US Army training and field manuals for those who would like to research it.  People may take follow-on sniper training as that, but it isn't, it is accepted military battlefield tactics world-wide.

      "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

      by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 04:04:02 AM PDT

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