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NATO official: US spy work lacking in Afghanistan

KABUL (AP) - It's a stinging assessment of U.S. intelligence gathering in Afghanistan.

NATO's top intelligence official, U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, says in a report that eight years into the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. intelligence community is only "marginally relevant" to the overall mission.

He says intelligence officials and analysts are "ignorant" of local economics and landowners, and are hazy about who the powerbrokers are and how they might be influenced. And he says analysts are so starved for information from the field that they say their jobs feel more like fortune telling rather than serious detective work.

Flynn's report was released by the Washington think tank Center for a New American Security, less than a week after a suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer at a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan.

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