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Kirk releases video on Haqqani network and Pakistan’s ISI

Mark Kirk (R-IL) is not just a U.S. senator, he’s also a Naval Reserve officer who spent two weeks in August serving in Afghanistan. Suffice to say, his trip didn’t change his longstanding criticism of Pakistan’s refusal to cut ties between the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), its spy agency, and the Pakistan-based Haqqani network. "Since ...

Mark Kirk (R-IL) is not just a U.S. senator, he’s also a Naval Reserve officer who spent two weeks in August serving in Afghanistan. Suffice to say, his trip didn’t change his longstanding criticism of Pakistan’s refusal to cut ties between the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), its spy agency, and the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.

"Since 1995, the ISI and Haqqani network have maintained a strong relationship with the goal of establishing a terrorist, Islamic state in Afghanistan," Kirk said in a newly released video on his recent time there. "The Pakistani government continues to provide financing, operational support, and protection for the Haqqani network in Western Pakistan. This includes advanced notice of impending drone strikes against it leaders and bomb-making facilities in northwestern Waziristan."

Kirk also said that the ISI provided the Haqqani network with planning and operational support for their Sept. 12 attack on the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul. He called on the administration to press the Pakistani government to cut ties with the Haqqanis and he said it may be time for the United States to cut financial assistance to Pakistan.

"In these times of government deficits and debt, it may be time to cut the hundreds of millions of dollars we send to Pakistan. It may also be time to forge a new alliance with the world’s biggest democracy, India," Kirk said.

This is sure to be a main topic of discussion when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Pakistan later this week.

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