CIA Confronts Pakistan Over Militant Ties

Secret meeting focuses on evidence of links to violent extemists
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2008 2:11 AM CDT
Pakistani mourners pray next to the body of a Pakistani Taliban commander who was killed during fighting with the rival Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militant group in Mohmand Agency, July 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Muhhamad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – The CIA has confronted Pakistani officials with evidence of links between the nation's spy agency and Islamic insurgents, the New York Times reports. A top CIA official flew to Pakistan for a tense secret meeting earlier this month with information about ties to al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the border region believed to be responsible for deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

The CIA declined to comment on whether officials believed rogue elements in Pakistan's ISI agency were responsible for the association, or if the terror links had been officially sanctioned higher up. The Afghan government blamed the ISI for a recent suicide bombing at the Indian embassy in Kabul.