Analysis: Taliban knew about US Special Forces presence in Pakistan

Bombed site in Shahi Koto, Pakistan

Bombed site

There has been remarkably little coverage in the US media of the deaths earlier this month of three US Special Forces operatives in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, who were killed in a bomb attack in the city of Shahi Koto. Most of the few analyses that have commented on the importance of this event have focused on the inevitable revelation that US troops are indeed active in Pakistan. But what about the intelligence angle? It appears that the bombing, which took place outside a newly built girls’ school in the town, was in fact aimed at the US troops, and that the attackers were aware of their supposedly secret presence in the area. The operation was therefore carefully targeted, and the suicide bomber appears to have patiently waited for the arrival of the Pakistani Frontier Corps five-vehicle convoy to arrive at the school. There are even indications that he knew precisely which of the vehicles was carrying the US Special Forces troops, and that it was that particular vehicle that he rammed with this booby-trapped car. In other words, the bombing appears to represent a significant intelligence success for the Taliban, equal to last December’s attack in Khost, which killed seven CIA agents. This is because it conclusively brought to light the US ground military presence in Pakistan, which had thus far been concealed from the American and the Pakistani public. In doing so, it has widened the rift between the Pakistani government and the voters, who strongly disprove of US military operations on Pakistani soil, by a factor of 9 to 1.

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6 Responses to Analysis: Taliban knew about US Special Forces presence in Pakistan

  1. Chris says:

    Remember it’s covert action. The American public is not supposed to know. That’s the point.

  2. intelNews says:

    Precisely. All too often, covert action means keeping an operation secret from your country’s media and politicians, not the other side’s [IA]

  3. Chris says:


    How are a bunch of white guys not going to be undetected around a bunch of brown people.
    The natives do talk. Bottom line, you don’t know who is your friend in this war . The same ones smiling in your face are the same ones setting you up.

  4. Kalitor says:

    Pakistan is the new Laos [or has been for that matter]………much of what this article purports to reveal is essentially axiomatic to those in the know.

  5. zall says:

    do like special forces do……not only how your strong like…but it is important to know culture n type your enemy around u……

  6. I wonder who is inside our Front-line connections on the terrorist side that has the Intel to pull this off? I wonder if its not the same person that set up the C.I.A. Bombing? If so can that person lead Us to The HQ? From what I saw on my search engines last night the Pakistani’s may have found the HQ of Al-Qaeda or The Taliban’s Field Command on the Pak-Afghan Border! A series of caves 153 of them to be close to exact.

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