President Reagan meets with Taliban "freedom fighters" in 1983. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
President Reagan meets with Taliban “freedom fighters” in 1983. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Missed in the growing storm over the Sgt. Bergdahl prisoner swap is the fact the terror group that arranged the trade was closely aligned with the CIA.

The Haqqani network is a product of a collaboration between the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI. Pakistan Army General Ashfaq Kayan referred to Haqqani as “a strategic asset.” Collaborative efforts between the two intelligence agencies resulted in the creation of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The establishment media is characterizing the Haqqani Group as one of the most dangerous and vicious terrorist groups in the world. Omitted from coverage is the fact Afghan mujahideen leader Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani was a direct asset of the CIA in 1986 as the agency waged a covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Unlike other mujahideen leaders who dealt with Pakistani intelligence, Haqqani worked directly with the CIA. He was an important intermediary in control of territory where Osama bin Laden would command Afghan Arabs and other radical Islamists recruited by the CIA to fight a proxy war against the Soviets. Bin Laden called Haqqani a “hero” and “one of the foremost leaders of the jihad against the Soviets.”

Haqqani traveled frequently to Peshawar to meet with a Pakistani and, separately, with an American intelligence officer, and to pick up supplies,” writes author Steve Coll. So important was the work of Haqqani in Afghanistan, he allegedly visited the White House and met with then president Ronald Reagan who had inherited the covert war in Afghanistan from the Carter Administration and the war’s primary architect, national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. Haqqani would later join the Taliban, another important CIA asset, and work as a government minister with the group ruling Afghanistan with an iron fist and sharia law.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice: “United States doesn’t leave a man or woman on the battlefield.”

Like the Haqqani Group, the Taliban was a Frankenstein monster created by U.S. and Pakistani intelligence. Its strategic creation was “actively encouraged by the ISI and the CIA,” according to Selig Harrison, an expert on U.S. relations with Asia. “The Taliban are not just recruits from madrassas’ (Muslim theological schools) but are on the payroll of the ISI.”

There was always a question about whether Haqqani was really Taliban, because he hadn’t come out of Kandahar,” Coll told PBS in 2006, “he wasn’t part of the core group. And it was quite reasonable to believe after 9/11 that maybe he could be flipped.… [US officials] summoned him to Pakistan, and they had a series of meetings with him, the content of which is unknown.”

The elder Haqqani and his sons would later play an important role in extending and amplifying the engineered war on terror. “Today [Haqqani] has turned his expertise on American and NATO forces,” The New York Times reported on June 17, 2008. “From his base in northwestern Pakistan, the aging Maulavi Haqqani has maintained a decades-old association with Osama bin Laden and other Arabs. Together with his son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, 34, he and these allies now share a common mission to again drive foreign forces from Afghanistan.”

The Sgt. Bergdahl trade will allow the neocons and their ideological allies to ramp up the flagging war on manufactured terror and claim the moral high ground.

We do not negotiate with terrorists because in their willful targeting of the weak they embody evil, and because when you give in to evil, evil grows,” writes Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a military affairs fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a prominent neocon think tank linked to the American Enterprise Institute and the Hudson Institute.

In fact, as the hidden origins of international terrorism reveal, the United States not only negotiates with terrorists, it has created most terror groups. Once again, the establishment’s propaganda apparatus, the CIA’s Mighty Wurlitzer, is in the process of refurbishing the casus belli that has extended the war on terror for more than a decade and will continue to do so provided the historical ignorance and political acquiescence of the American people.

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