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NYT: Afghan Strikes by Taliban Get Pakistan Help, U.S. Aides Say

Authors: Mark Mazzetti, and Eric Schmitt
March 25, 2009

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The Taliban's campaign in southern Afghanistan is receiving aid from Pakistan's military intelligence agency, Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt say.

Excerpt: The Taliban's widening campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan's military intelligence agency, despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials.

The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance to Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront the international force in Afghanistan that will soon include some 17,000 American reinforcements.

Support for the Taliban, as well as other militant groups, is coordinated by operatives inside the shadowy S Wing of Pakistan's spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, the officials said. There is even evidence that ISI operatives meet regularly with Taliban commanders to discuss whether to intensify or scale back violence before the Afghan elections.

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