CIA Struggles to Find a New Intelligence Gathering Approach in Afghanistan

CIA Struggles to Find a New Intelligence Gathering Approach in Afghanistan

CIA Struggles to Find a New Intelligence Gathering Approach in Afghanistan

New Intelligence Gathering Approach

The Central Intelligence Agency, the world’s premier foreign intelligence agency, has been under pressure to adopt a New Intelligence Gathering Approach. The US would lose its bases after the drawdown of international troops from Afghanistan. The CIA fears that Afghanistan would soon become a safe haven for terrorists and militants after troops’ withdrawal. So, it needs to keep a method by which it can gather information and intelligence on militants, the Taliban, the working and stability of the government, the implementation of the peace process, and other vital concerns.

One way to achieve the purpose is to regain access to military bases the US previously used for operations and conducting kinetic drone strikes in Afghanistan; to secure bases close to Afghanistan, i.e., Pakistan and former Soviet republics (Uzbekistan and Tajikistan). Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan have already denied the possibility of allowing the US to operate its military bases. This struggle shows that the US is without any long-term security plan for Afghanistan, even after spending trillions of dollars and the existence of 20 years and that the US ability to ‘collect and act on threats’ has reduced, as predicted by William J. Burns, the CIA director.

 

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