An explosive new book by investigative reporter Bob Woodward claims the CIA is running an army of assassins in Afghanistan.
According to excerpts from "Obama Wars," the army consists of 3,000 Afghan paramilitary troops. The aim is to assassinate Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives, not just in Afghanistan but also across the border in neighboring Pakistan.
It has been previously reported that the CIA was running clandestine operations in Afghanistan, but this is the first time a number has been assigned to the amount of personnel at its disposal.
Woodward describes these forces as elite, well-trained units that conduct highly sensitive covert operations into Pakistan as part of a stepped-up campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
The White House has not commented on the book. However, it's been reported that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, approves of the mission, which bears similarities to the covert assassination campaign against al-Qaeda in Iraq that helped stop violence there.
Petraeus was the commander in Iraq at the time.