ISI blamed for funding 2009 attack on CIA base in Khost
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) may have funded a deadly suicide attack on a CIA outpost in Afghanistan’s southeastern Khost province, suggests a declassified State Department cable.
Sent to the State Department two weeks after the attack on Dec. 30, 2009, the cable spoke of a meeting between Haqqani network operatives and unidentified officers of the Pakistani spy service.
Released on Wednesday, the cable said the ISI was suspected of giving the Haqqani network $200,000 to enablethe attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman. Seven CIA officers and a Jordanian intelligence operative were killed.
Hammam Khalil Mohammed, a double agent (Jordanian citizen)who was invited to the base to help CIA track down senior Al Qaeda leaders,blew himself up during a meeting with American intelligence officials.
The National Security Archive at George Washington University published the cable, which was part of a trove of documents received under a Freedom of Information Act request.
During a December 2009 meeting, the Haqqani network and Pakistan’sintelligence officials discussed funding for operationsin Khost. ISI allegedly directed the group to expedite attack preparations in Afghanistan.”
Ten people, including two female CIA agents -- Jennifer Lynne Matthews, who commanded the base, and Elizabeth Hanson -- were killed in the suicide bombing.
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