Tag Archives: CIA

Lash and burn: Taliban vice squads return

The Sunday Times THE Taliban fighter, wearing a black balaclava, dark glasses and black clothes, raised a long, thin cane above his head before bringing it down on the villager’s bare back with a deft flick of his wrist. The villager, identified only as Amanullah, 28, writhed on the grass with his hands tied behind […]

Murky death of MI6 ally who paid Linda Norgrove’s abductor

The Sunday Times The burly figure of Sabar Lal, a 49-year-old gem dealer with a salt and pepper beard, loomed in the arched doorway of his home. Facing him in the garden, a team of US special forces and Afghan commandos levelled their assault rifles. As helicopters buzzed overhead, five bullets fired from one of […]

Pakistani mortars ‘trigger deadly air strike’

The Sunday Times The US has expressed regret and offered its “deepest condolences” after 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in cross-border Nato air strikes were buried on Sunday, calling the attacks a “tragic unintended incident”. Pakistani troops fired mortars at American ground soldiers patrolling the Afghan border, triggering Nato air strikes, according to Afghan […]

CIA links add to riddle over killing of ‘King of Kandahar’

The Sunday Times Ahmad Wali Karzai, the half-brother of the Afghan president, lived under constant fear of assassination. His death last week was the latest of 10 attempts to kill him. “The seventh bomb to target me was so big that hundreds of cats fed on human flesh for days afterwards,” he told me last […]

Afghan family killed as special forces defy ban on night raids

The Sunday Times THE two helicopters swooped low over a cluster of mud homes, whirling in the cold night sky before landing in a wheat field on the edge of the small Afghan village. From his home nearby, 23-year-old Najibullah Omar strained his eyes in the darkness as he made out the faint shapes of […]

How this suicide bomber opened a new front in Al-Qaeda’s war

The Sunday Times By Christina Lamb and Miles Amoore It was the week after Christmas and there was a line of paper Santas hanging in the small chow house at Forward Operating Base Chapman, sent to Afghanistan by loved ones back home. Among the CIA agents waiting in the morning chill, amid the exercise bicycles […]