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Karzai's advisers blame ISI, Iran for insider attacks on NATO troops

Washington, Thu, 23 Aug 2012 ANI

Washington, Aug 23 (ANI): Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's top advisers have said the rise in insider attacks on NATO troops recently is the product of foreign spy agencies infiltrating Afghanistan's security forces.

After months of investigating, members of Karzai's National Security Council have concluded that both Pakistani and Iranian intelligence organizations are recruiting young Afghans to enlist in the army and police with the intention of targeting Western service members and whose ultimate aim is to destabilize Afghanistan's forces.

"The National Security Council has enough evidence to prove that Afghans are being used and brainwashed by these foreign agencies. They see this as a way of attacking the buildup of the Afghan National Security Forces proving that they are weak and unable to protect the country," the Washington Post quoted Aymal Faizi, a spokesman for the president, as saying.

Although members of Karzai's administration referred publicly only to the spy agencies of "foreign countries," officials confirmed that Pakistan and Iran were, by far, the biggest concerns, the paper said.

Karzai's top national security advisers also blamed the vetting process for new army and police recruits and cited the Western pressure to expand rapidly as the reason.

To address these issues, the spokesman said Karzai has pledged that every recruit be vouched for by a reliable source, particularly those with family connections across the border, the paper said.

The president also suggested that counter-intelligence efforts be strengthened within the Afghan security forces and that "psychological operations" be used to render soldiers and police less amenable to enemy propaganda, it added. (ANI)



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