No one should be surprised by this. But all the learned analysts who know how much we need Pakistan will be. Double Game Update: “Pakistani Army ran Muslim extremist training camps, says anti-terrorist expert,” by Charles Bremner in the Times Online, November 14 (thanks to Kris):
The Pakistani Army ran training camps for a Muslim extremist group, at least until recently, with the acceptance of the US Central Intelligence Agency, according to France’s foremost anti-terrorist expert.
Jean-Louis BruguiÃ¨re, who retired in 2007 after 15 years as chief investigating judge for counter-terrorism, reached this conclusion after interrogating a French militant who had been trained by Lashkar-e-Taiba and arrested in Australia in 2003.
In a book in his counter-terrorism years, Mr BruguiÃ¨re says that Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was set up to fight India over disputed Kashmir territory, had become part of the international Islamic network of al-Qaeda.
Willy Brigitte, the suspect, told Mr BruguiÃ¨re, that the Pakistani military were running the Lashkar-e-Taiba training camp where he spent 2Â½ months in 2001-02. Along with two Britons and two Americans, Brigitte was driven in a 4×4 through army roadblocks to the high-altitude camp where more than 2,000 men were being trained by Pakistani regular army officers, he said.
“The links between the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistani Army are more than close. Brigitte observed this twice,” Mr BruguiÃ¨re said. “When the camp was resupplied, all the materiel was dropped off by Pakistani army helicopters. And there were regular inspections by the Pakistani Army and the CIA.”…