I was wondering who was behind the carefully crafted agit-prop campaign indicating that the US would be in the Frontiers with the Pakistani Army during an upcoming offensive. It turns out to be one of the original old-guard ISI liars, Hamid Gul.
You probably already know about Hamid’s biggest lie that inspired the “troofers” of America seen here, where Fisk became his facilitator almost seven years ago.
Hamid is a political operative and Islamist supporter who is prone to behind-the-scenes manipulation. He has many friends in the Jihadi camps, and his friends and followers sent their children to Lal Masjid.
By “carefully crafted” I mean that this lie takes some truth and stretches it just far enough to inflame the frontiers at a time when their government, peace, and politics are in flux. He also implicates Blackwater, a favorite target of the left in America in the hopes they will pick up the theme like they did the 9/11 truther’s crap — even after Bin Laden himself claimed the operation.
Here are the truths I know of:
- Americans will be training Pakistan Army troops inside Pakistan, but they will be regular Marine and Army soldiers training Nato-standard material.
- There are rumors of a Pakistan Army offensive to come against Baitullah Mehsud.
- The recent suicide blasts demonstrate Baitullah’s and Al Qaeda’s contempt for the new government and the election outcomes in Pakistan.
Here’s the story from AKI, just remember the source is a political and intelligence operative known for lieing to aid Islamist Terror organization aims:
Karachi, 4 March (AKI) – (by Syed Saleem Shahzad) – Hundreds of US troops will be involved in military operations in Pakistan’s restive tribal areas, according to a former head of the country’s powerful intelligence agency, ISI.
“Seven hundred and fifty American commandoes will participate in upcoming military operations in the Pakistani tribal areas,” retired General Hamid Gul, former ISI director-general, told Adnkronos International (AKI).
“I confirm this to you on the basis of my information that those American commandoes will be sent [to Pakistan] through private [security] contracting firms like Blackwater and they will supervise the whole operation,” said Gul referring to Blackwater, a private security firm that has been at the centre of a controversy over private contractors in Iraq.
The firm came under scrutiny after a shootout last year in which 11 Iraqis were killed.
Gul was head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence service between 1987 and 1989 and worked closely with the CIA during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
He reportedly became disillusioned with the US when it failed to follow through on Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal and called on Muslims to “stand united to confront the US in its war on terror” after the 11 September 2001 attacks.
If I’m wrong, I will print the retraction, but this smells like 2-week old Fish Tikka to me.
Previous Report on the Rumors of the Offensive here.