Afghan Official Claims Karzai Assasination Plot Linked Back To Pakistan

Afghan intelligence officials report they have foiled an assassination plot against President Hamid Karzai. Six suspects, who Afghan officials say are affiliated with al Qaeda and the Haqqani Network, are under arrest. They include one of Karzai’s bodyguards, three college students, and a university professor. Contradicting reports say the professor was arrested several weeks ago. Details remain unclear, but an Afghan intelligence service spokesperson tells the Associated Press the group was recruited by two Arab nationals based in Pakistan. Afghan officials are increasingly vocal about Pakistan’s activities in Afghanistan, and on Tuesday, they accused Pakistani officials of having advance knowledge of the Sept. 20 assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani.