The suicide bombing at a CIA base in the Khost province of Afghanistan that killed seven intelligence officers, including a Jordanian intelligence operative was infact carried out by the Pakistan Taliban, a faction of the notorious Taliban, that has razed Pakistan’s security apparatus to the ground. In a video released by Pakistan Taliban, the suicide bomber, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a Jordanian national is seen sitting on the floor with the new chief of the organization and has claimed responsibilty for the attack.
The suicide bomber was thought to be an informant was invited by the intelligence agency at CIA’s high security facility, where the al-Balawi blew himself and killed seven CIA officials and injuring many others, Pakistan Taliban stated that, the attack was carried out in retaliation for the killing of their ex-leader, Baitullah Mehsud during a CIA sanctioned drone missile strike. This latest confession on part of a terrorist organization operating from territories under Pakistan’s jurisdiction could spark exceeded levels of pressure from the U.S to the Pakistani authorities to step up their military offensive currently underway in the largely lawless tribal areas of Northwest Pakistan.
In a statement, the bomber said,
“This jihadi attack will be the first revenge operation against the Americans and their drone teams outside the Pakistan border. We will never forget the blood of our emir Baitullah Mehsud.”
The Director of Central Intelligence, Leon Panetta has been constantly defending his officials’ actions in inviting the bomber, whom they believed to be an informer with a wealth of information and in a statement said,
“This was not a question of trusting a potential intelligence asset, even one who had provided information that we could verify independently. It is never that simple, and no one ignored the hazards. The individual was about to be searched by our security officers – a distance away from other intelligence personnel – when he set off his explosives.”
Via Associated Press