NATO downplays leaked Taliban report
Taliban fighters pictured after joining Afghan government forces for a ceremony in Ghazni province on January 16.
February 1st, 2012
04:18 AM ET

NATO downplays leaked Taliban report

A NATO spokesman in Afghanistan said Wednesday not to read too much into media reports that NATO believes Pakistani intelligence is helping the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Jimmie E. Cummings said the classified NATO report cited in the media was based on the "opinions or ideals" of Taliban detainees - and represented only their opinions, not the actual progress of NATO against the Taliban.

Pakistan also firmly dismissed the accusation it was helping the Taliban across the border.

"We are committed to non-interference in Afghanistan," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said Wednesday.

"This is frivolous, to put it mildly," Basit said.

"Pakistan has suffered enormously because of the long conflict in Afghanistan. A stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in our own interest and we are very much cognizant of this," he said.

CNN has not independently confirmed the contents of the report, but its alleged contents would be consistent with longstanding international concerns that elements within Pakistan's powerful Inter Services Intelligency agency are helping the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ~ ~ squiggly line ~~~~~

    I wish people would stop fighting and arguing and be nice to each other. Everyone would have nore fun and be happier then.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. toocy

    Peace be with you Squig.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    And also with you, toocy.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. krm1007

    Since Sep 11, 2001, 21,672 Pakistani civilians have lost their lives or have been seriously injured in the war against terror.

    The Pakistani Army also has lost 2,795 soldiers while 8,671 soldiers have been wounded. More than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost $68 billion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.


    February 1, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy ©

    Same old cut and paste propaganda from krm.
    Now all we need is the rant against India.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    You do realize that India is nothing but a terrorist state that is continuously fomenting disabling tactics against Pakistan in an attempt to undermine Pakistans government.

    How's that banasy ?

    February 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      (She says dryly)...Thanks, Rawr! THAT'S what I was missing!

      February 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Thank you for being such a true and loyal ally as we try to eradicate this evil plague that has befallen our planet. After all, if not for your continues assisstance, we never would have been able to dispatch bin Laden. Here's hoping for many more years of cooperation between our peoples. We know you have our backs, so we can rest comfortably.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    krm, you know me, I've always been pro-India. But I will absolutely thank the Pakistani soldiers who have died fighting terrorists. I will absolutely mourn the Pakistani civilians who have been caught in the crossfire. But don't be naive, there are factions of the Pakistani government and military who are at cross purposes. The biggest enemy that the Pakistani people face right now is the radical faction of their own government, who are aiding the terrorists as a pro-Islam/ anti-Western agenda.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Lest we overlook, the intelligence agencies and state elements of all Afghanistan's neighboring countries along with those of Western powers are playing high stakes there.
    From supplying arms to the Talibans, to cashing on the poppy fields to expanding their sphere of influence.
    India historically has been a major & successful player in Afghanistan with successive Afghan govts having close ties with them. Pakistan plays its own game to counter that and make sure that whoever comes tp power after we leave(?) is alligned with them.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy ©

    Pakistn is like the Eddie Haskell of the ME.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |