CIA Evidence Used to Confront Musharraf; Showdown in Pakistan

Feb 26, 2007 6:13pm

In a highly unusual move, the deputy director of the CIA, Stephen R. Kappes, was flown to Pakistan to personally present President Pervez Musharraf today with "compelling" CIA evidence of al Qaeda’s resurgence on Pakistani soil, U.S. officials say. Kappes joined Vice President Dick Cheney for the surprise showdown meeting in Musharraf’s office in Pakistan. The CIA evidence reportedly included satellite photos and electronic intercepts of al Qaeda leaders operating in Pakistan. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Video World News: Investigating Al Qaeda Evidence Blotter Musharraf Losing His Grip in Pakistan? Click Here to Check Out the Latest Brian Ross Slideshows "President Musharraf is the kind of man who doesn’t move until he sees the hard facts in front of his face," said Mansoor Ijaz, a counterterrorism analyst who has dealt with Musharraf. As reported earlier this month, al Qaeda training camps have re-emerged in the Waziristan territory of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. "We are now seeing the recreation of al Qaeda central," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism chief. U.S. officials say Musharraf has been in denial about the comeback of al Qaeda on his soil, ignoring evidence presented to him by NATO commanders in Afghanistan. Musharraf pulled his Army troops out of Waziristan last September as part of a "peace deal" with tribal leaders.  In an appearance with President Bush at the White House on Sept. 22, Musharraf vowed he would not tolerate "al Qaeda activity in our tribal agency or across the border in Afghanistan." Since, then, al Qaeda and Taliban attacks on U.S. and NATO troops across the border have more than tripled.

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