By Greg Miller July 15 (Washington Post) -- The Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed to have been abducted by the CIA before departing for his homeland Wednesday was paid more than $5 million by the agency to provide intelligence on Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials said. Shahram Amiri is not obligated to return the money but might be unable to access it after breaking off what U.S. officials described as significant cooperation with the CIA and abruptly returning to Iran. Officials said he might have left out of concern that the Tehran government would harm his family. "Anything he got is now beyond his reach, thanks to the financial sanctions on Iran," a U.S. official said. "He's gone, but his money's not. We have his information, and the Iranians have him." Amiri arrived at the Iranian diplomatic mission in Washington this week and requested to be sent home. U.S.
U.S. Covert Paramilitary Presence in Afghanistan Much Larger Than Thought By Craig Whitlock and Greg Miller Sept. 22 (Washington Post) -- On an Afghan ridge 7,800 feet above sea level, about four miles from Pakistan, stands a mud-brick fortress nicknamed the Alamo. It is officially dubbed Firebase Lilley, and it is a nerve center in the covert war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The CIA has relied on Lilley, part of a constellation of agency bases across Afghanistan, as a hub to train and deploy a well-armed 3,000-troop Afghan paramilitary force collectively known as Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams. In addition to being used for surveillance, raids and combat operations in Afghanistan, the teams are crucial to the United States' secret war in Pakistan, according to current and former U.S. officials. The existence of the teams is disclosed in "Obama's Wars," a forthcoming book by longtime Washington Post journalist Bob
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By Thomas Erdbrink and Greg Miller July 14 (Washington Post) -- TEHRAN -- An Iranian nuclear scientist at the center of a bizarre espionage drama arrived here to a hero's welcome Thursday morning, including a personal greeting from several senior government officials. Shahram Amiri flashed victory signs to dozens of reporters as he stepped into Imam Khomeini International Airport, and his 7-year-old son broke down in tears as his father held him for the first time since Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia 14 months ago. He was also greeted by Hassan Qashqavi, a high-ranking Foreign Ministry official, as well as a deputy interior minister and a deputy science minister. Iran's Arabic-language news channel Al Alam extensively covered the arrival, but it was not shown live on state television, which does not broadcast in the early morning. Amiri's tale has dominated Iranian media since Monday night,
New Focus on Europeans Who Have Traveled to Pakistan to Train At Militant Camps By Peter Finn and Greg Miller Sept. 29 (Washington Post) -- The detention in Afghanistan of a German citizen of Afghan descent - reportedly a source of information about potential terrorist plots against targets in Europe and possibly the United States - has renewed focus on a stream of Europeans who have traveled to Pakistan in recent years for training at militant camps. Just as American officials have been sounding an alarm about the radicalization of U.S. citizens involved in plots against the homeland, European Union officials have warned that a new generation of Western citizens, including whole families, have traveled to Pakistan, and some appear determined to return home to carry out terrorist attacks. "A not insignificant number of radicalized E.U. nationals and residents are traveling to conflict areas or attending