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ISI helping Taliban: top US commander

Factions of the Pakistani and Iranian intelligence agencies have been supporting the Taliban and other terrorist groups carry out attacks on the US-led international forces in Afghanistan, a top US commander in the restive country has said.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2009 13:30 IST

Factions of the Pakistani and Iranian intelligence agencies have been supporting the Taliban and other terrorist groups carry out attacks on the US-led international forces in Afghanistan, a top US commander in the restive country has said.

General Steanly McChrystal, commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, informed the White House that factions of the Pakistani and Iranian spy agencies are supporting the Taliban and other terrorist groups that carry out attacks on the US-led Nato forces in the country, a leading American daily reported today.

In a detailed analysis of the military situation in the restive country delivered to the White House earlier this month, The Los Angeles Times, said General McChrystal singled out ISI of Pakistan and Quds Forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in helping the Taliban.

"Afghanistan's insurgency is clearly supported from Pakistan," McChrystal wrote, adding that senior leaders of the major Taliban groups are "reportedly aided by some elements of Pakistan's ISI, the newspaper said, referring to the classified version of the report. A declassified version was published on Sunday on the website of The Washington Post.

"McChrystal's comments are the first public indication in months that the United States continues to see signs of ISI support for insurgent groups," The Los Angeles Times said.