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CIA closing some secret bases in Afghanistan

CIA closing some secret bases in Afghanistan

Jul 24, 2013 - 15:09

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Ahead of 2014 withdrawal of foreign combat troops, America’s spy service has begun shutting down its secret bases in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a media report said on Wednesday.

“The pullback represents a turning point for the CIA as it shifts resources to other trouble spots,” the Washington Post said, as CIA plans to cut its clandestine installations in Afghanistan from a dozen to six over the next two years.

Officials were quoted as saying the reductions were overdue in a region where US espionage efforts were seen as out of proportion to the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s diminished core leadership in Pakistaninfo-icon.

One senior administration official told the newspaper: “When we look at post-2014, how does the threat in Afghanistan and Pakistan measure against the threat in North Africa and Yemen? Shouldn’t our resources reflect that?”

Expected to maintain a significant footprint in Afghanistan even after the pullback, the CIA would continue to operate its fleet of armed drones to patrol Pakistan’s tribal region.

The armed drones are flown from a heavily fortified airstrip in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, according to the daily.

PAN Monitor/mud


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