-Marine Colonel: Pak Copters Aided Taliban in ’07.

Posted: September 24, 2008 in 2008, Articles

Danger Room:

Pakistani forces may or may not have shot at American troops last week. They may or may not have taken down a U.S. drone yesterday. But, according to one U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel, Pakistani military forces almost certainly “flew repeated helicopter missions into Afghanistan to resupply the Taliban during a fierce battle in June 2007.”

U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel Chris Nash tells Army Times‘ scoopster Sean Naylor
his men and their allies from the Afghan Border Police’s 1st Brigade were battling Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains. “At a critical point in the battle, the Pakistanis flew several resupply missions to a Taliban base about 15 to 20 kilometers inside Afghanistan.”

Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence agency has been assisting radical Islamic forces in Afghanistan for decades. But did this incident really go down the way Nash said it did? The evidence isn’t exactly rock-solid.

None of the Marines witnessed the helicopter flights during the four days they were there, he said in a Sept. 19 e-mail. Rather, the supply flights had been reported to them by Afghan soldiers and local civilians in the village of Tangay Kholl…

This was consistent with multiple other reports Nash and his Marines received during that period, he said.


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