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Sunday, November 7, 2010

US establishing largest spy center in Kabul Embassy, says Afghan official...

Afghan Official: US Establishing Largest Spy Center in Kabul Embassy

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Afghan academic figure dismissed the justifications cited by the US for expanding and enlarging its embassy in Kabul, and disclosed that Washington is setting up the largest espionage center in the occupied country.

"The new US embassy complex in Kabul would become CIA's (the Central Intelligence Agency) major base in Afghanistan and Central Asia," Deputy Head of Afghanistan's Science Academy Mohammad Sharif Pakrai told FNA in Kabul on Saturday.

He pointed out that the United States' claims that it intends to spend $550mln to expand the Kabul embassy for diplomatic objectives is a sheer lie since no common sense can accept that such a large budget is spent on such "an unnecessary move".

"Given the current economic, security, military and cultural conditions of Afghanistan, the expansion of the US embassy has no diplomatic justification," Pakrai stressed.

"The move is a complementary part of the six US military bases that are under construction and the center is due to command and control espionage and cultural activities in the region in future," the Afghan figure cautioned.

The comments by Pakrai came after the United States announced on Wednesday that is bolstering its presence in Afghanistan with a 500 million dollar expansion of its Kabul embassy and the construction of two consulates.

Washington's Kabul embassy is already its biggest in the world, with about 1,100 employees, projected to rise to 1,200 by the end of the year, officials said.

The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan, following a military surge ordered by President Barack Obama.

The embassy expansion contract was worth 511 million dollars and had been awarded under US law to an American company, Caddell Construction Inc., ambassador Karl Eikenberry said.

Another two contracts, worth 20 million dollars each, have been awarded for the construction of consulates in Herat, the main city in Western Afghanistan, and Mazar-I-Sharif in the North, he said.
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