US launched air attack inside Pak after verifying ISI-Taliban link: book
The US National Security Agency has intercepted messages to indicate that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence was in 'complete coordination' with the Taliban, according to a US journalist.india Updated: Feb 22, 2009 09:14 IST
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has intercepted messages to indicate that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence was in 'complete coordination' with the Taliban, according to a US journalist.
New York Times' White House correspondent David E Sanger has claimed in his latest book that the US decision to launch air attacks inside Pakistan's western borders was taken after "one such high-level conversation was intercepted" in which a speaker said the Taliban was a "strategic asset" for Pakistan.
Excerpts of the book 'The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the challenges to American power´ were published by Pakistani newspaper The News.
The daily said former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf called a press conference recently to "repeatedly deny" allegations in the book that he had held a series of parleys with slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto about her security, following which she returned to Pakistan.
The book also claimed that NSA had intercepted messages indicating ISI officers of helping Taliban in planning a big bomb attack in Afghanistan although the target was unclear.
After some days, Kandahar jail was attacked by Taliban and hundreds of their militants were freed, it said, adding that the US decision to invade Pakistani territories was taken "after CIA reached a conclusion that the ISI was absolutely in complete coordination with the Taliban".
First Published: Feb 22, 2009 09:13 IST