Jan 222010


U.S. will provide 12 predator spy drones to Pakistan 22 Jan 2010 03:51 GMT (ODCI)

… The United States will provide a dozen unarmed … on its own soil as does the Central Intelligence Agency, which conducts regular drone strikes in Pakistan. …

Afghanistan: After suicide bomber killed seven US Central Intelligence Agency agents on December 30. Including mercenaries from the infamous Blackwater Security.

The security company’s involvement in clandestine operations with the Central Intelligence Agency surfaced after the disclosure that two of its employees had been killed along with five officers of the C.I.A. and a Jordanian intelligence agent in a suicide bombing at a base in Khost, Afghanistan.

The company’s employees were identified as Jeremy Wise, 35, a former member of the Navy Seals, and Dane Clark Paresi, 46, who had served for years in the Army’s Special Forces. They had been assigned to provide security to C.I.A. officers at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, where a Jordanian double agent acted as a suicide bomber and killed eight people, including the C.I.A.’s chief of the base.

A former Blackwater employee who worked for the company in Pakistan and Afghanistan said that the security personnel were assigned to that base to provide personal security for the C.I.A. officers, especially when they left the base to gather intelligence.

The former Blackwater employee, who asked not to be identified in order to discuss the firm’s operations, said: “The B.W. guys’ only role is to protect the agency personnel when they go downrange to investigate and disseminate intelligence. But they are not used for any of the actual interrogations.”

The C.I.A. has used the Chapman base in Khost to gather information from paid informants on members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, who are then attacked either by Predator drones or by more conventional American or Afghan forces.

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