Pajhwok Services

SMS News Service

Photo Service

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

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


Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment



Twitter Update