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Panetta confronts Kayani, Pasha with Pak security personnel-militants collusion evidence

June 11, 2011 - Islamabad /Washington

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta has confronted Pakistan's intelligence and military leadership with evidence of collusion between pro-Afghan Taliban militants and Pakistani security officials.

During his visit to Islamabad on Friday, the CIA chief met over dinner with Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Panetta confronted the head of Pakistan's intelligence service, showing him satellite and other intelligence that the CIA believes is evidence of Pakistani security's efforts to help Islamic militants based in Pakistan, ABC News reported, citing US and Pakistani officials.

According to the officials, Panetta revealed overhead imagery that showed two facilities where militants manufactured improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which are commonly used by militants fighting US forces in Afghanistan.

The "IED factories" were located in Pakistan's North and South Waziristan region, where many militants are based.

The CIA passed intelligence in the past several weeks to their Pakistani counterparts, alerting them to the two facilities, but when Pakistani forces raided the facilities, the militants had disappeared.

In his meetings on Friday, Panetta conveyed the CIA's belief that the militants had been warned by Pakistani security officials prior to the raids, the report said.

The Time magazine quoted sources, as saying that Panetta shared with Kayani and Pasha a 10-minute edited video that shows the militants evacuating two bomb factories in Waziristan.

According to the sources, Panetta alleged that the militants were tipped off within 24 hours of the US sharing information on the facilities with the Pakistanis.

When Pakistani troops later arrived at the scene of the two bomb-making facilities, used for the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, the militants were gone.


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