Taliban Commanders claim they received bomb making and practical training from ISI

Middle-ranking Taliban commanders have bragged that they have received "practical guidance" and instructions in bomb-making by officials from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

Mullah Azizullah a commander from Taliban told a BBC documentary: "They are all the ISI’s men. They are the ones who run the training. First they train us about bombs, and then they give us practical guidance. Their generals are everywhere. They are present during the training."

In an interview at a safe-house in Kabul in June, he added: "The Taliban movement was created with the help of the ISI. It is like when a tree grows – one has to plant it and water it."

These claims will further act as fuel to fire as tensions between United States and Pakistan are at an all time high, following an attack by insurgents on the US embassy in Kabul last month, conducted by a group that Adml Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the US joint chief of staff, claimed was directed by the ISI.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, visited Pakistan last week and urged the head of the ISI and the military to take action against militants operating from their soil, including the group behind the embassy attack, the Haqqani network.







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