On December 30, 2009, a Jordanian suicide bomber blew himself up at Camp Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, and killed seven employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. The terrorist who detonated the explosive device was Jordanian physician who was supposedly working on the side of the United States. He tricked the Americans at the base located near the border of Pakistan, having led them to believe that he knew where to find the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahri, who at that time was second-in-command of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. After the death of Osama bin-Laden, Al-Zawahri became the leader Al-Qaeda.
According to cables and documents recently declassified by the U.S. government, Pakistan’s intelligence agency paid terrorists affiliated with the deadly Taliban in Afghanistan to carry out the deadly attack at Camp Chapman. In a document dated January 11, 2010 , which came less than two weeks after the bombing, shows that the head of the Haqqani network, a U.S.-designated terrorist group affiliated with the Taliban, met on two occasions with officers of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – Pakistan’s national intelligence service -- the month of the bombing.
Funding for “operations in Khowst [Khost] province” were discussed during the preliminary meeting. “Funds were later provided to tribal elders in Khowst province for their support of the Haqqani network,” according to the cable. At the time of the second meeting, ISI officials gave "direction to the Haqqanis to expedite attack preparations and lethality in Afghanistan."
Even though it is heavily redacted, a cable issued in February 2010 indicated that the leader of the Haqqani network and another individual were given $200,000 “to enable the attack on Chapman.” It also specifically mentions a number of individuals involved in the operation, including an Afghan border commander who was given money “to enable a suicide mission by an unnamed Jordanian national.”
It has been inferred from the cable that the “Jordanian national” is the suicide bomber, Dr. Humam al-Balawi. Cultivated by the CIA as an al-Qaeda informant and given the code-name “Wolf,” al-Balawi nevertheless betrayed the CIA and carried the most lethal attack against the agency in its 15 years at war in Afghanistan.
Even though each document states, “This is an information report not finally evaluated intelligence,” former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen says he believes that the Haqqani network is a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence agency. American military and intelligence had long known of the connection between Pakistani intelligence and the Haqqani terrorist organization.
The revelation of a connection between Pakistan’s intelligence services and the 2009 bombing came when documents related to the case were released due to Freedom of Information Act request.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.