London, August 2 (ANI): Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Henry Crumpton and Afghan Intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh have said that al Qaeda and Taliban are now headquartered in Pakistan.
"Al Qaeda and Taliban are now headquartered in Pakistan. The bulk of people we kill, neutralize or capture in Afghanistan are the expendable part of the terror network. The leadership is there, and they are not feeling the heat, apart from these occasional drone attacks," the CBS News quoted Saleh, as saying.
Agreeing with Saleh's statement, Crumpton said that in Pakistan and elsewhere where there is a safe haven enemies, where they are the power and the status quo, the security force must act as insurgents.
"We must work and recruit with locals, and we must collect intelligence. We must engage in subversion and sabotage, and be very precise. Ultimately, that's how you win this type of war. You have to empower the locals so they have the victory," he added.
Crumpton, who helped defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan at one point by using this technique, said that if he was still at his old job at the CIA, he would have done the same thing.
"Ultimately, that's how you win this type of war. You have to empower the locals so they have the victory," he said.
Amrullah Saleh has also been hunting for Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar and has vowed to continue his fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda whether the Americans stay or leave Afghanistan.
Crumpton predicted that the terrorist outfit could attack again and this time it could be even greater than 9/11. (ANI)