Compromised intelligence: Tip-off suspected in Waziristan evacuations

Published: June 12, 2011
Pakistani officials were given tips on locations of bomb-making plants which were found vacated when troops arrived. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani officials were given tips on locations of bomb-making plants which were found vacated when troops arrived. PHOTO: FILE


CIA chief Leon Panetta has shared “evidence of suspected collusion with pro-Afghan Taliban militants in the tribal areas” with Pakistan’s senior military leaders, Time magazine reported on Saturday.

Quoting unnamed sources, Time said Panetta confronted Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general Ahmed Shuja Pasha with the evidence in meetings held late on Friday.

It said that Panetta shared with Kayani and Pasha a 10-minute edited video that shows the militants evacuating two bomb-making factories in Waziristan. One of the factories is based in Miramshah, North Waziristan. The other factory is in South Waziristan. The militants in North Waziristan are believed to belong to groups led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Sirajuddin Haqqani. Both militant leaders have attacked US and Nato troops across the border in Afghanistan. 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. The sources told Time that the CIA believes elements within the “Pakistani security apparatus” had informed the militants that they would be targeted.

The video, say the sources, was made up of satellite images. Those who have seen the video said that it was a “clear” and “explicit” demonstration of the militants leaving the two sites. Before Panetta travelled to Islamabad, the video was shown to congressional leaders, including the US Senate’s committees on intelligence.

The Washington Post said the clearing out of sites prior to the military raid was confirmed by satellite images and a local security official in North Waziristan. One of the sites was located in a girls’ school in the city of Miramshah. The other, in South Waziristan, was thought to be an al Qaeda-run facility, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

US officials say they do not know how the operation was compromised. They are however concerned that either the information was inadvertently leaked
inside Pakistan or insurgents were warned directly by the ISI. Officials said that video of the two installations indicated both were being used to manufacture improvised explosive
devices (IED).

Countering Taliban infiltration

In the wake of a growing pattern of Afghan soldiers and police officers attacking their coalition counterparts, the US military is sending 80 counterintelligence agents to Afghanistan to help stem the threat of Taliban infiltration in the Afghan National Security Forces,The New York Times reported, citing military officials. These intelligence specialists will enhance the vetting of recruits, review profiles of soldiers who are being trained and generally tighten up the procedures to identify individuals who might be vulnerable to extremists’ appeals, officials said. Since March 2009, at least 57 people, including 32 American troops, have been killed in at least 19 attacks in which Afghan service members have turned their weapons on coalition forces.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2011.

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  • Asad
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Al-Qaeda we all know is US proxy working around the world. Its like a cat, wherever US wants to intrude it sends its cat and later would say in front of the whole world that the cat is in there and we can hear it. Later the puppet UN gives it permission to enter and overtake affairs. Its the same thing, US wanted to attack the Taliban Shura allegedly being in Quetta, so they started their rhetoric of the cat wandering in the streets of Quetta.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:12AM

    or maybe the information is leaked from the American sideRecommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Even though they have killed Salim Shahzad for writing about the open secret. Now once again the Americans have found that as a fact. That was the primary reason they did not let Pakistani army know about the OBL operation. Even if the raid would have been disclosed for just two minutes, OBL would have been moved via his home tunnels to a safe place. It is this repeat pressure from the US against the terrorists that is making the Pakistani army humble. It is not the civilians of Pakistan, who still remain slaves and powerless to the richest generals in the world! Let us hope that the US and the West keeps its pressure on as it is already working. Recommend

  • fajim khan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:16AM

    when will our establishment learn that its protection of islamic terrorists is destroying our country?? our security institutions have been funding,protecting and supporting the brutal islamic fanatics who’ve killed 35000 of our own people.for how long will this continue?

    when will the powers that be realise that our sick addiction to islamic fascism will lead to the total destruction of this country.The religious barbarians want to take us back to the dark ages,why doesn’t our establishment realise this?Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:17AM

    ISI cant be divided, because the might of the same agency drove away the Soviets. Its the US newest and strengthened efforts to weaken up the Pakistani military and its sub-institutions. Whether its an incident like Rangers killing a person on the streets, the enemy powers inflame the matter proliferate it on possibly every medium like the electronic media, social networks and sms messaging campaigns. Recommend

  • Kazim
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:19AM

    @ahmed: Yes, clearly. First they disseminate intelligence and later send their proxies a warning of a possible skirmish. In effect they again show it to the world that Pakistan is complicit Recommend

  • aamir bilwany
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:19AM

    too many people in our media and in our armed forces support the religious extremists.we have anchors spreading the propaganda of islamic fanatics and trying to paint them as some sort of brave heroes when the truth is that these religious savages want to impose their diseased medieval ideology on the rest of us.They want us to start treating our women like animals as the islamic extremists do.

    our media and establishment have to cut the umbilical cord,otherwise there will be no pakistan left for them to rule over.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:22AM

    You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. by Abraham LincolnRecommend

  • muhammad nayyer
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:22AM

    The religious fanatics want a world where people are beheaded like goats for speaking their mind,a world where women are stoned to death in public,a world where women are whipped in public for the “crime” of being raped,a world where anyone not performing rigid,repititive religious rituals is pronounced an apostate and murdered.

    do we want such a horrific world or do we want a sane,peaceful society where women are also treated as human beings and not as animals?Recommend

  • tumhara
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:25AM

    mr asad u spoke words from my mouth. I live in new york I know exactly where u r coming from. thanku to educate my fellow country men.Recommend

  • N.S
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:28AM

    tit for tatRecommend

  • Aleena Nasir
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:28AM

    We hear very different types of news and analysis on every different news channel. SkyNews being the ultimate critique of Pakistan, BBC being a bit mild and taking things as they would be not exaggerating and Channel 4 actually giving you another angle to why news may be that way being very realistic and humanitarian they actually tell you what is happening across the globe. So i would not buy and mostly people in England dont buy news coming out of the US, their ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan and now in Libya is just causing people to get angry at them for being a global goon.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:30AM

    @ashok sai: Did anyone ask you for an opinion? I would take anybody’s word in the world but you indians cant get any closer than a staunch rival enemyRecommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:32AM

    The Neocons and Al Qaida are offspring of one Zionist father whose notorious agenda The New World Order is being imposed through terror networks by terrorizing the gullible public of US, Canada and EU. Creating socio-economic divide in under develop and developing nations in the Afro-Asian and Latin-Pacific regions. ZION is worshipped as GOD by those Americans and Canadians who want to enter politics and financial business. This war will never end since the hatcher lives far and safe from the reaches of all those nations being victimized through the war of terror.Recommend

  • omar abdullah
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:32AM

    @Asad: Hi, maybe you need a slight correction. Your first line about al-qaeda should instead of reading like this “as we all know”, should read like “as i know”, The rest of us and the world is clear that the US is after the Al-Qaeda. You and your friends who hid Osama Bin Laden may have your doubts but then that is natural as for you Osama may be an innocent old man who used to kill innocents for pastime to attain his jihad. That should be par for the course for you as lives of Pakistanis do not mean much for you. Recommend

  • Kazim
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:34AM

    @fajim khan: My dear friend, probably again an indian. There is nothing bad in being a fundamentalist Muslim, because if all those terrorists were fundamentalists they wouldn’t have been killing all innocent people across Pakistan. You cant at all be a Muslim for being saying all this crap about Islam being so fascist. So get a life and your real hindu nameRecommend

  • Naeem
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:41AM

    US intelligence also told about Iraq’s WMD!!!!!!!! Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:41AM

    @omar abdullah: You know when you say we and the world. It exposes you being an indian. We, me and very much of us are now tired of the lifeless indians who cant resist staying away from our affairs. Use your own name even if you have to spread hatred, we all know how much you all hate and are involved in somehow removing ISI from Pakistan for you to play freely. But forget itRecommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:41AM


    Expected Mr.(Zaid) Hamid.Recommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Pakistan deserves more Mehran type attacks with insider help.You guys don’t deserve to be called human beings who support terrorists abuse fine values of Islam and kill people who try to find the truth and help Pakistani nation. Recommend

  • fajim khan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:44AM


    yes ignorant,perpetually in denial people like you are the reason why pakistan is in the state it is in today.Whenever you islamic fascists can’t face reality,you go hide behind your ‘ yahodi saazish,hindu saazish’ mantra.You islamic fanatics think that all the 180 million of us pakistanis are as hatefilled and bigoted as people like you are.Well,you and your madrassa buddies should open up your eyes and see that there are secular people all over pakistan who are free from religious hate and bigotry.There are thousands of ex-muslims who’ve left the fold of islam and there are lakhs of athiests and agnostics also in pakistan.The religious barbarians don’t form the majority in our country.Recommend

  • Ihk
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Tribune comments is the mother of all humour!!! :DRecommend

  • Nasir
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Lets just leave the Indians aside for them being so unwelcome here yet they dont have a life. As many of Us(Pakistanis) on this thread clearly show what actually is happening. Let them (enemies) say what they have to. Recommend

  • khauf.
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:50AM

    @muhammad nayyer:
    To stone a woman to death in public for her crime is the demand and punishment commanded by Allah… to server such demand is fantacy, so let it be…Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:58AM

    @ashok sai:
    Mr. Sai. What a befitting quote! However, remember when you point at some one; three fingers of yours back at you. Recommend

  • Javid Mohammad
    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:10PM

    @fajim khan: It is surprising for me to know your views. Being an Indian, I was always under wrong impression. Appreciate your views.Recommend

    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:14PM

    The ISI’s silence suggest that they are guilty. Now, when will we Pakistanis take a rest from being so arrogant?Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Kazim : you can never accept an opinion which is different from yours from another Muslim/Pakistani, Is it not. Why should Fazim khan be hindu/Indian. Why cant he be a forward thinking Pakistani muslim. Why cant he be a Christian american/european or Jewish Israeli. After all the whole world despises Pakistanis esp Pakistani muslims. You guys can never get out of your “India/Hindu hating mentality. This mindset has landed u where you are. Nothing more to dig deep, I guess.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Maybe the Intelligence provided to Pakistan was just as good as the intelligence provided by CIA and no less than a person of Collin Powel’s status to UNO & rest of the world regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction They lied then & maybe they are lying now alsoRecommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:46PM

    @ashwin,you are absolutely right.they deserve no mercy.look at some of the bigoted comments here,which clearly shows pakistani mindset. Recommend

  • khauf.
    Jun 11, 2011 - 12:48PM

    @fajim khan:
    Pakistan is not only Pakistan… this is “the islamic Republic of pakistan”.. and accordance to the constituition of pakistan, here will prevail the law of Quran and islam… it was librated in the name of islam and it will exist as an islamic state…Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Just like Iraq WMDs this intelligence is solid. Please dont publish lies.Recommend

  • Kazim
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:13PM

    @vasan: Because we know from our forefathers what you hindus are. You first comment with a Muslim name and than come back with your original hindu names to appreciate that fake comment of yours applauding and highlighting the fact there are some forward thinking muslims in Pakistan, as you put it. Why do you have to come writing all your crap here? while our comments never get approved over the sick indian news portals. You and your biased cropped mediaRecommend

  • Salman
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:17PM

    @Ashok Sai.. rightly said but pointing out in the wrong direction….America is fooling around all the countries by loads of lies Vietnam, Cuba, WMD in Iraq, Afghanistan. Recommend

  • parvez
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:18PM

    In this game of image perception our side is taking a hammering almost daily. We need to be able to quickly rethink strategy and move forwards, but it does not look like its happening.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Hehehehe… joint operations indeed ! Imagine if the US had tried to nab Osama in a “joint operation”!! The ISI has long since stopped working for the nation.Recommend

  • Hatim
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:31PM

    I normally don’t support conspiracy theories but this looks like an obvious attempt at justifying not sharing the intelligence regarding OBL.Recommend

  • Waseem Akram
    Jun 11, 2011 - 2:11PM

    It has just become impossible to believe Pakistan.Do any Pakistani realize the danger of trust deficit from Majority of country in World ?Recommend

    Jun 11, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Oh not again but caught red handed again. Get ready for some hard spanking.Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 11, 2011 - 8:04PM

    All the defensive comments highlight a bigger problem in Pakistan – delusion.

    The media (except Dawn and ET) feed Pakistanis daily lies. The government has nothing to say. The military and ISI keep supporting terrorists. Anyone who disagrees is called an “amreeki agent” or “qadani”.

    Seriously. Turn your country around before it falls apart. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 11, 2011 - 10:24PM

    FYI, those were not any Indian’s words as the writer said they were from Abe Lincoln. Did you even read a couple of lines before opening the mouth? I can understand some military touts and paid agents hating democracy but to call Lincoln is giving lot of credit to the writer, who was honest to quote Lincoln. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:26PM

    I’m a Pakistani and I am sick and tired of us defending our army, which takes Arab money to manufacture Jihadis (including Al Qaeda types) and then takes American money to hunt the same down. This is an industry and that is how they make money.

    The only people who suffer are the people of Pakistan. But unfortunately, no matter what happens, Pakistanis will always remain in denial.Recommend

  • Ashutosh Jain
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:39AM

    @Asad,Ahmed,(Zaid) Hamid,Ali,Kazim

    ISI cyber branch is working overtime yeah!!!
    I am an Indian you can even guess it by my name. So wats wrong if we tell you how ill your country has been.
    I am not ridiculing you people but want to help you all so that we have a peaceful, moderate and modern neighborhood.
    I understand that you are being paid to say all this so no problem but if even one pakistani turns moderate every day thats good isn’t it.
    Stop all these stupid conspiracy theory. You have no idea you people are a joke in this world. And you are making it worse by coining such fantasies all the time.
    @ Zaid Hamid…Man I love you!!! Whenever I come home tired after by office work I open youtube and enjoy your mindless anti-India, anti-Israel, anti-USA rants. A have a good laugh and it makes me fresh. You are one hell of a Joker.Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:33AM

    The Pak army is corrupt and extremist to the hilt. I dont why the people dont rise up. I am prepared to lead from IBA.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:12AM

    @khauf: Only a woman is to be stoned? What about an adulterer man? Or for that matter a peophile qari sahib?Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 1:32PM

    Baba, Panetta is getting ready to take the post of Secretary of Defense.He is going
    to save American lives. Mind you General Petreaus will go to Langely.No need to
    welcome American boots on the land of the pure soil but welcome missiles yaar dost.
    Your challenge posed on 9/11 is taken seriously on long term basis.
    -Kulamarva BalakrishnaRecommend

  • Manna
    Jun 12, 2011 - 6:57PM

    @ashok sai:
    Thats is exactly true. Therefore, Go!!! Close the terrorist Indian Consulates on Afghan Pakistan Borders who are training terrorists. . Just do it. Because You can not fool all of the people of of the times .Got the Picture?Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Jun 13, 2011 - 9:39AM

    @Manna: ” Thats is exactly true. Therefore, Go!!! Close the terrorist Indian Consulates on Afghan Pakistan Borders who are training terrorists. ”

    How about you guys shut down terrorist camps in Pakistani Kashmir FIRST ?Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 13, 2011 - 12:43PM

    What business have you to say where we can have our consulates and where we can’t? When your nation openly hosts training camps for terrorists and exports terror, you’re hardly in a position to ask for anything. Recommend

  • delh_se
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:06PM

    @Kazim: your forefathers are the reason that you are in this mess. You should wish that they have thought you something good rather than passing on their hatred to their younger generations. What kind of parenting is it?Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 13, 2011 - 2:42PM

    Some Pakistanis should understand that there’s a great plan to destabilize Pakistan’s defence establishment -> In May, week after week, because of different dramas, the Army (OBL-Karachi), ISI (Saleem Shehzad) or the Rangers (Sarfraz Shah) have been symbolically targeted, even if in the last case it was individuals fault.
    And don’t say ‘conspiracy theory’ : everyone can verify how dirty were CIA/USA games in South America, there are just historical facts, and war strategies
    Pakistan zindabad.Recommend

  • mk
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Kill all mullahs who are inciting hate and violence! time to go after themRecommend

  • Khalid
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:28PM

    It is amazing that we still have individuals who support Osama, Al-Qaida and Talibans, it is a free world but please look at the destruction they have caused in Pakistan, what do they want, I dont think there agenda is only getting USA out of both Pakistan and Afghanistan, they want to enforce and implement there ideology by force and destruction, America and India are not our enemies, don t let the army, agencies and some media anchors fool you. We have to be a part of the world community, being a muslim and Islam is not preventing us from this, wake up, dont support this destructive ideology.Recommend

  • FactCheck
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:35PM

    All a CIA-RAW-Mossad conspiracy to make Land of the Pure, IMPURE.Recommend

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