CIA Afghan paramilitary force hunts militants

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 22, 2010 15:50

KABUL, Afghanistan  – A US official in Washington has said that the CIA is running an all-Afghan paramilitary group in Afghanistan that has been hunting Taliban and Al-Qaida targets for the agency.

A security professional in Kabul familiar with the operation says the 3,000-strong force was set up in 2002 to capture targets for CIA interrogation. Both sources spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.

As first reported in a new book by Bob Woodward, "Obama's Wars," the paramilitary unit, called the Counterterrorist Protection Team, operates in violence-wracked provinces including Kandahar, Paktia and Paktika.

Woodward also reports the units conduct covert operations into Pakistan as part of a campaign against Al-Qaida and Taliban havens there.


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