October 7, 2020
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The Pentagon pushed back Thursday against new reports that Pakistan’s spy agency is urging the Taliban to keep fighting in Afghanistan — suggesting that although some elements in the spy agency still support terrorists, the agency in general has been a “great deal” of help to the U.S.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan, in defending Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence, or ISI, was responding to a report in The Wall Street Journal that suggested the ISI is pushing the Taliban to keep fighting in Afghanistan, undermining efforts by the Pentagon to end the war.
The Journal quotes an Afghan commander in Kunar province who said the ISI is still urging and paying Taliban to fight NATO soldiers.
According to Lapan, U.S. officials have raised concerns about whether some members of the ISI “might be interacting with terrorist organizations in ways that aren’t consistent with what the government and military are doing.”