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ISI Severs Intelligence Ties with CIA: Report

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TEHRAN, May 18 (ICANA) – Pakistan's intelligence services are refusing to share details of suspects or plots with their American counterparts in protest at the U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:42:20 PM
ISI Severs Intelligence Ties with CIA: Report

In the past, Pakistani agents have been credited with helping identify targets for drone strikes and providing data to the CIA on plans being hatched in its lawless tribal areas. Telegraph

Now buffeted and embarrassed by being kept in the dark for months as the U.S. closed in on the al-Qaeda leader's bolthole, little more than 30 miles from the Pakistani capital Islamabad, agents with the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate have begun to withhold crucial operational details about militants on its territory. Telegraph

At the same time, new details have emerged about bin Laden's extensive support network inside Pakistan, reaching all the way to the sprawling port city of Karachi. Telegraph

The Sunday Telegraph has learned that the ISI, which prides itself on arresting a series of key terrorists including the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has now broken off relations with the Central Intelligence Agency. Telegraph

The revelations will heap more pressure on to an administration already accused of helping shelter the world's most wanted man. Telegraph

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has painted a grim picture of Pak-American relations, saying that continuing to work with the U.S. could imperil his government unless Washington takes drastic steps to restore trust and win over 180 million Pakistanis. The Nation

Speaking of the Abbottabad raid, Gilani said, "Naturally, we wondered why they went unilaterally. If we're fighting a war together, we have to work together. Even if there was credible and actionable information, then we should have done it jointly." The Nation

Pakistan's parliament has adopted a resolution declaring the drone strikes were a violation of sovereignty equivalent to the secret attack on bin Laden's house in Abbottabad. NYT

The Parliament threatened Saturday to cut off access to a facility used by NATO forces to ferry troops into Afghanistan. CNN

CIA's covert war has various aspects including targeted assassinations, "snatch and grabs" of high-value targets, gathering intelligence and helping direct a secret U.S. military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes.

The CIA has long used intelligence from the ISI to help identify targets for drone strikes in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, but now, as officials on both sides say, it operates largely autonomously, especially since it has been concentrating its fire on the Haqqani militant network in the North Waziristan region. The Nation

The United States has warned Pakistan that once beyond a tipping point, the standoff between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pakistani Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) would be taken over by political forces that cannot be controlled. Sify.com

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