Failed Raids Suggest Pakistan Tipped Off Insurgents

It's another sour note in US-Islamabad relations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2011 10:46 AM CDT
A Pakistani army soldier stands guards on a hilltop post in Hadambar, in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal region along the Afghan border.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – CIA chief and soon-to-be defense chief Leon Panetta remains in Pakistan today for talks on shoring up US-Islamabad relations. The Washington Post illustrates just how hard that might be with two examples that suggest Pakistan can't be trusted with intelligence findings. Last month, the US handed over surveillance video showing two locations where insurgents were making bombs. By the time Pakistani troops raided the sites, the insurgents had fled.

“There is a suspicion that perhaps there was a tip-off,” says a Pakistani official in a nice understatement. The US has long feared that Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency cooperates to some extent with insurgent groups, and one American official sums up what will be one of Panetta's main points: "We are willing to share, but you have to prove you will act. Some of your people are no longer fully under your control.” (Read more US-Pakistan relations stories.)

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