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A Loyal Spy

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The Kunduz airlift - the Pakistanis facilitated the escape of senior Al Qaeda members in November 2001

‘Let’s concentrate on what we do know,’ Alex said. ‘The Americans, who seem to have difficulty distinguishing their friends from their foes in the War on Terror, allowed the Pakistanis to fly every terrorist of value out of Kunduz before the Northern Alliance could capture them. I’m talking about Chechens, Uzbeks, Afghans and Arabs – Pakistani military personnel, ISI, Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters.' A Loyal Spy
On 21 November 2001, The US air force halted airstrikes on the Northern Afghan city of Kunduz, ostensibly so that Mullah Fazil, the Taliban Commander in the city could organize its surrender, but in fact to allow Pakistani military planes to fly in and rescue the more than one thousand Pakistai soldiers and agents who were fighting alongside al Qaeda in the besieged city. Anyone from al Qaeda with enough influence over the ISI, or anyone who was considered too dangerous to abandon to US interrogators, secured a seat to safety.
Sources: Hindustan Times, Times of India, New York Times