Marc sends a link from USAToday which speculates on whether or not he attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand back in mid-September had it’s roots in Pakistan – that it was unusual in that the operation was planned months in advance with intensive training and rehersals;
The Pentagon has long complained to the Pakistani government and military about sanctuaries in Pakistan that put Taliban leaders outside the reach of the U.S. military. The latest intelligence on the Camp Bastion attack shows little has changed, experts say.
“Unless the Pakistanis do more about those insurgents crossing the border into Afghanistan, you’re going to have a critical security challenge,” said Mark Jacobson, a former NATO official in Afghanistan at the German Marshall Fund. “It makes the situation post-2014 more precarious than it would be otherwise.”
The article also hints that the attackers were huffing spray paint before the attack – bent on a suicide attack. But, I’m sure Pakistan’s failure to secure it’s borders is nothing that will interfere with this administration’s plan to abandon a residual presence to the whims of the local defense forces.