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OSINT News is pleased with the CIA’s minimal amount of finger-pointing and basic search for causation, coupled with its unremitting and rock-hard mission of revenge for four of their murdered officers, including the base’s female chief and three contract security guards. This was the second biggest CIA loss of life since the 1983 bombing of their Beirut station, which killed 17 CIA case officers.
The CIA may have been partially duped, but they're getting the last laugh. Due to the "Whispering Campaign", few al-Qaida lieutenants sleep in their bedrooms at night, but chose to curl up outside, away from the drone’s watchfulness. The caginess of increasing HUMINT on the ground coupled with drone elusiveness checkmates Balawi-type suicide bombers. When all is said and done, in the aftermath of the CIA murders at their Forward Operating Base Chapman, the agency has conducted its counterterrorism mission well.
True, tactical slip-ups will crop up on this global battleground now and then, but no deep strategic flaw exists in the CIA’s battle against al-Qaida. Just ask Anwar al-Awlaki et al. There has been, and will continue to be, a dramatic increase in the use of Predator and Reaper drones in Yemen, Somalia, and in NW Pakistan. Drone killings of radical Islamists will be on-going at an increasing rate.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes about the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). A portion of this site's ad revenues is donated to the AFIO. The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. We're always looking for different perspectives regarding the Intelligence Community- got a thought, article or comment you'd like to submit? Contact us on the Secure Contact Form