The expanded assignments signal a shift in strategy at the CIA under its new director, Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoChelsea Manning says she won't be "intimidated" by CIA Reports: CIA denies Senate Judiciary access to material on Russian interference Grassley meets Rosenstein amid tensions over probes MORE, according to two senior USA officials who spoke with the Times.
The CIA, in particular, has expanded its activity to hunt Taliban bomb makers, including during night raids, and by sending small units known as counterterrorism pursuit teams to take part in these operations, the officials told the media outlet. In Afghanistan, the fight against the Islamic State has also diverted C.I.A. assets.The expansion reflects the C.I.A.'s assertive role under its new director, Mike Pompeo, to combat insurgents around the world.
The CIA declined the newspaper's requests for comment on the matter. Previously, the CIA focused more on al-Qaeda and in assisting Afghan intelligence services, but the newspaper says the aggressive new turn fits in to President Trump's strategy of eventually bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.
But Trump said in August that he would loosen restrictions on hunting down militants. The agency is already poised to broaden its program of covert drone strikes into Afghanistan; it had largely been centered on the tribal regions of Pakistan, with occasional strikes in Syria and Yemen.
- Who was your man of the match vs Watford?
- Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE) Shares Sold by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company
- Windies Women complete T20I series whitewash against Sri Lanka
- Supersport United through to the CAF Confederations Cup final
- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufactur (NYSE:TSM) Traded 6.8% Above Its 50 Day Average
- Record profit, fastest-growing subscribers in US — Mobile quarterly results
- Driver dies when vehicle goes into ditch, hits tree near Granite Falls
- 'Star Trek: Discovery' Renewed for Season 2 By CBS!
- Poland stabbing - knife attack rampage in shopping mall leaves nine people injured
- John Stamos Announces His Engagement in the Most Prince Charming of Ways