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With friends like the Pakistani intelligence service…

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The United States’ relationship with Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, is complicated because the ISI is considered a counter-terrorism ally (for the most part) who also at some level coordinates with and supports radical elements useful against Pakistan’s rival, India.

Sometimes these relationships become painfully obvious. ProPublica has unearthed links between the ISI and two men who have been indicted in Chicago for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Meanwhile, the Guardian has files from Guantanamo instructing interrogators to consider the ISI a terrorist organization right up there with al Qaida.

With friends like these…

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