Cell phones tie Afghan embassy attackers to Pakistan

By REUTERS
September 23, 2011 02:13

WASHINGTON - The US government has evidence that militants who attacked the US Embassy in Afghanistan last week were in telephone contact with people connected to Pakistan's principal intelligence agency, according to an expert who has advised the White House.

Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA analyst who advised President Barack Obama on Afghan policy, told Reuters administration officials have told him militants who attacked the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul on Sept. 13 telephoned individuals connected with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) before and during the attack.Following the attacks, Riedel said, US security forces collected cell phones which the attackers had used. These are expected to provide further evidence linking militants to ISI.

Obama Administration spokespeople declined to comment on or confirm Riedel's statements.


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