'Jordan is helping CIA in Afghanistan'

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One of the victims of a fatal attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan last week was a Jordanian intelligence official, the Washington Post reported Monday. Jordan's King Abdullah II and his wife, Rania, reportedly attended the official's military funeral on Saturday. The Washington Post reported that the General Intelligence Department, Jordan's spy agency, had been working especially closely with the CIA since the September 11, 2001 attacks. A former CIA officer quoted in the report explained that Jordanian intelligence officials "know the bad guy's... culture, his associates, and more [than anyone] about the network to which he belongs." Nonetheless, US intelligence officials declined comment on the report. The Washington Post went on to say that after the blast, the CIA lowered the bomb's official death toll from eight to seven, and that the Jordanian was the eighth victim. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, stating on Friday that they had used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out a suicide bombing as revenge for a top militant leader's death in a US missile strike. The suicide bomber struck the CIA's operation at Camp Chapman in eastern Khost province on Wednesday. The base was used to direct and coordinate CIA operations and intelligence gathering in Khost, a hotbed of insurgent activity because of its proximity to Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, former CIA officials said. Among the seven killed was the chief of the operation, they said.