Leaked Intel Reveals Grim Afghan War Details

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Thousands of records leaked by a whistle blower website over the weekend give a blow-by-blow account of the war in Afghanistan over the past six years.

The White House is struggling to stem the damage from one of the biggest leaks of military documents in U.S. history.

Embarrassing Disclosures

On Sunday, WikiLeaks released 91,000 classified records offering a harsher view of the Afghan conflict than administration officials have portrayed to the public. The New York Times, London's Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the documents.

Could the leaked documents put Americans at risk? CBN News spoke to Cliff May, with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, for more on what these documents reveal. Click play for his comments, following Jennifer Wishon's report from today's Newswatch program.

The six-year archive shows a war that's underfunded and undersupported, despite a Taliban insurgency that's growing stronger.

The documents revealed Pakistan's military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency.
They also described raids by a secret U.S. special forces unit called Task Force 373 that has hunted down Taliban leaders, killing or capturing them without trial.  According to the documents, some of the operations resulted in the unintentional killing of Afghan civilians.
In addition, the records revealed the U.S. has evidence that the Taliban has acquired surface-to-air missiles.
Both U.S. and Pakistani officials have condemned the leaks. The White House said the disclosure "put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk."

Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani added the documents "do not reflect the current on-ground realities."
More documents could soon be released as WikiLeaks has revealed it has 15,000 additional classified files.

Taliban Captures, Kills U.S. Sailor
Meanwhile, U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan have spent the weekend searching for two missing American naval personnel.  The Taliban said Sunday it had captured one of the men and killed the other during a Friday ambush when the men stopped at a local bazaar.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters he didn't have all the details, but "from what I know right now, this was an unusual circumstance."

He added the military does all it can to return anyone in Afghanistan who's been captured or killed.
Mullen, who is visiting the region, said he's more optimistic than ever that the U.S. goal of ensuring a secure and stable Afghanistan can be accomplished. But he also warned of the continued cost.
"We will likely see further tough casualties and levels of violence," Mullen said.

Currently, July is on track to become the deadliest month of the war for Allied forces in Afghanistan.

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