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Briton led US-backed private army to hunt Taliban in Pakistan
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A former British special forces officer ran a US-backed private army to hunt down the Taliban in Pakistan in a secret war in 2003, a new book has revealed.

By Rob Crilly, Islamabad
6:00PM GMT 28 Nov 2012

Lieutenant Commander Howard Leedham, an ex-Royal Navy pilot, led a 25-strong force of specially-recruited Pakistani soldiers raiding Taliban camps, hunting down kidnap victims and detaining suspected al-Qaeda militants.

Eight years after leaving the country, Lt Cdr Leeham has broken his silence to describe a programme he believes offers a model for securing Pakistan’s porous borders against the militant threat.

While he was at work in the tribal badlands that border Afghanistan, the US State Department programme was a closely guarded secret — even from US and Pakistani officials. Under a one-year contract, Leedham was granted use of an American fleet of seven helicopters and two


Added: Nov-28-2012 Occurred On: Nov-28-2012
By: BekasKhan
Tags: Afghanistan, Occupation, by, US, NATO, Taliban, Pakistan, terrorist, Punjabi, ISI, Al, Qaeda, Iran, Intel, India, Haqqani, Shia's, Hazaras
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