CIA to continue working with Jordanians, despite suicide attack

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By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
The vast majority of intelligence insiders, as well as intelligence observers, seem to agree that the CIA is determined to maintain its close links with Jordanian intelligence services, despite the December 30 suicide bombing that killed and injured 13 CIA personnel. Jordanian doctor Humam Khalil al-Balawi, who detonated a concealed bomb shortly after he was allowed into the US Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, had been recruited as a high-level informant by Jordan’s General Intelligence Department (GID). The Jordanian agency, which is known for its brutal interrogation tactics, is widely considered America’s most valuable intelligence partner in the Arab world. But the December 30 blunder, which resulted in the CIA’s second highest casualty disaster in its 63-year history, prompted some to question GID’s overall value. Reuters has published an interesting collection of comments by intelligence experts, including that of an anonymous “Western counterterrorism official”, who insists that “[i]t was the Americans who screwed up” on al-Balawi, and that the December 30 massacre is not going to have any impact on CIA-GID relations. This view is shared by intelligence commentator Phillip Knightley, who correctly notes that “[t]he West is desperate for anything from the Muslim world and will take almost any risk to get it”. Other observers note that GID has given the CIA “remarkable intelligence” for decades, and that “the US would be mad to sever the relationship”, as the Jordanians “have been in Afghanistan for years”. Such comments are accurate, but miss one vital clue: the CIA was also in Afghanistan for years, especially during the 1980s. What makes its intelligence output, gathered by the principal spy agency of the most powerful nation on earth, inferior to that of tiny Jordan’s spy service, to the extent that the CIA would be “desperate” to maintain its contacts with GID? It is a question worth considering.

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One Response to CIA to continue working with Jordanians, despite suicide attack

  1. Van says:

    “What makes its intelligence output, gathered by the principal spy agency of the most powerful nation on earth, inferior to that of tiny Jordan’s spy service, to the extent that the CIA would be “desperate” to maintain its contacts with GID?”

    Perhaps because the CIA has been dependent on the ISI in Afghanistan and is realizing that it is not working out so well?

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