CIA pulls second chief from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 31 (UPI) -- For the second time in seven months, the CIA is replacing its station chief in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, ABC News reported Sunday.

The agency cited medical reasons for the chief's removal, although ABC said Pakistan's own ISI intelligence agency was displeased with the CIA chief over his handling of the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in May.


Political and intelligence tensions between Pakistan and the United States have been mounting for more than a year. Both security agencies have accused the other of not fully sharing information, most recently with the shooting of bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs.

Pakistan also objects to the use of unmanned U.S. aircraft that fly anti-terror reconnaissance and bombing missions along the border with Afghanistan.

Seven months ago, Pakistani officials publicly named the CIA station chief, who left the country soon afterwards. Now, his replacement who oversaw the bin Laden raid is leaving too.

Five Pakistanis who reportedly helped the CIA track down bin Laden were arrested and CIA operatives report being increasingly targeted by police and other officials who threaten to expose them, the report said.

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