STRATFOR seems to have departed from its policy of objective and unbiased reports. In its January 11 report on the Khost bombing the author (probably an Indian origin Canadian judging from his coordinates at the end of the report) has tried to link the Pakistani intelligence agency-the ISI-to the Khost attack that killed 7 US intelligence operatives at their forward base in Afghanistan.
In a cleverly worded report the author quotes ‘widespread reports’ and ‘speculation is rife’ as a basis for ISI or state involvement in the attack. Having planted this seed he cunningly adds disarming statements like ‘no reason for ISI or Pakistan’ to launch such an attack. Unbelievably he states that ‘analysis of explosive residue suggesting military grade equipment points to ISI involvement’. Again he cleverly adds that such explosives have been used in other attacks as if to absolve him of any bias. If the ISI is to be credited with such capacity then give it the sense to not use anything as incriminating as ‘military grade equipment’!
The report goes on to hint at jihadists within the lower ranks of the ISI—the tired old mantra of rogue elements operating on their own. He then comes to his real aim when he states that even if none of this is true the very idea is enough to damage US-Pakistan relations. This is the seed that was to be planted-the rest is hogwash. A superficial analysis, no sources quoted and a fantasy built up to conjure a scenario come on STRATFOR you don’t need this guy!
Fortunately an earlier STRATFOR report on the same incident was much more objective and clearly gave out that Al-Balawi was a Jordanian and a CIA double agent and that he was launched to penetrate the TTP (Tehrik Taliban Pakistan) and that he turned on his masters. These are irrefutable facts. Al Balawi did not need the ISI or the TTP to get into the base in Afghanistan. The TTP has gained in stature and has demonstrated its capacity through a spectacular incident—thanks to those who used and launched Al Balawi.