Skip to comments.Suicide attack on CIA agents 'was planned by bin Laden inner circle'
Posted on 01/06/2010 11:29:56 AM PST by SmartInsight
US intelligence officials believe the suicide bomb attack that killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan last month was planned with the help of Osama bin Ladenâs inner circle, raising fears that the al-Qaeda leader is enjoying a lethal resurgence.
The attack, carried out by a Jordanian triple-agent whom the CIA believed was about to divulge the whereabouts of al-Qaeda's deputy leader, could not have taken place without the prior knowledge and assistance of the Haqqani network, US officials believe. The powerful Taleban faction is thought to be shielding bin Laden.
Against all normal security protocol, al-Balawi was allowed onto the CIA's Forward Operating Base Chapman, in Khost province, without undergoing a security check.
He was then permitted access to over 10 CIA employees - an extraordinarily high number to congregate around an Islamist informant.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...
Prince Muhammad in Nayef, Saudi Arabia's top counter-terror executive, escaped with light injuries from Abu Khair's attempt to kill him at his Jeddah palace on August 27, 2009, thanks mainly to the partial detonation of the explosive materials hidden in his underpants, a glitch repeated in the Nigerian bomber's attempt.
The assassin gained entry to the most heavily fortified and guarded palace in the Red Sea town of Jeddah by convincing Saudi agents in Yemen that he was ready to switch sides - but only if he could discuss terms face to face with Prince Muhammad.
They did in fact hold several meetings - not in the palace but out in Najran province on the Yemen border. The data he handed over was solid enough to convince the Saudi prince that he was on the threshold of his government's biggest breakthrough in its war on al Qaeda.
So when Abu Khair offered to bring with him to the Jeddah palace a list of al Qaeda high-ups in Yemen willing to defect to Saudi Arabia, the prince not only agreed to the venue but sent his private jet to pick him up from Najran.
Failure on multiple levels here and no accoutability to boot.
I wish there was a way to invade Pakistan. So sick of their deadbeat excuses and ass-dragging. We could probably use the nukes as well.
Can you say MOLE? This meet must have been based on hard evidence this asset would give out high level intel. Very few could have been in the loop to leak who would be their and it took high level prompting to get all of those agents in the same place including our Jordanian brothers. Everything and everyone in this unit should be evaluated and all people should be reviewed. I am sick, The people we lost here had been at the terror desk for many years and cannot be replace. Sad Sad day in the company.
This was beyond careless, past stupid, way into the territory of gibbering insanity.
There is a way. What we lack is the will.
The bomber was allowed into the base in his car, and got out. Three CIA agents coming to greet him noticed his hand in his pocket...they told him to remove his hand and he then blew them up. It did not happen in a room, but outdoors. And remember, this guy had given them some excellent info in the past.
Thanks for posting.
Disturbing if true.
Condolences to all asymmetric warriors at CIA, their families and their friends. America’s finest. R.I.P.
That that seems very important...maybe we will get more detail ...if it makes sense to let that out.
See link at #11.
“...raising fears that the al-Qaeda leader is enjoying a lethal resurgence.”
Isn’t this the exact opposite of what was supposed to happen once we started killing them with kindness?
Thanks, another on the subject
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