CIA Afghan paramilitary force hunts militants

A US official in Washington says the CIA is running an all-Afghan paramilitary group in Afghanistan that has been hunting Taliban and al-Qaida targets for the agency.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:38 PM IST

Kabul: A US official in Washington says
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.

PTI