C.J. Chivers


Chivers, C.J. "A Crackdown Averted: How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path." New York Times, 17 Jan. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

At the moment when Ukraine "was tilting toward a terrible clash, a Soviet-style crackdown that could have brought civil war," senior intelligence officials were working to avert just such an outcome. "Throughout the crisis an inside battle was waged by a clique of Ukraine's top intelligence officers, who chose not to follow the plan by President Leonid D. Kuchma's administration to pass power to Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovich.... Instead, these senior officers ... worked against it."


Chivers, C.J. "Long Before War, Green Berets Built Military Ties to Uzbekistan." New York Times, 25 Oct. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"In 1999, teams of Green Berets arrived at former Soviet garrisons" outside Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. "The mission was straightforward: to train the army of a former foe, in part to prepare its inexperienced conscripts for skirmishes with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a terrorist group accused of setting off bombs in Tashkent earlier that year. The long-term goal was more ambitious. The Green Berets were one element of an accelerating security arrangement in which the two nations were laying the groundwork for more extensive military cooperation."

[PtherCountries/Uzbekistan; Terrorism/01/WTC]

Chivers, C.J., and Eric Schmitt. "Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid." New York Times, 24 Mar. 2013. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"With help from the C.I.A.," the governments of Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey "have sharply increased their military aid to Syria's opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows."

[GenPostCW/10s/13; CIA/10s/13]

Chivers, C. J., et al. "View Is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan." New York Times, 25 Jul. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 25 July 2010, a "six-year archive of classified military documents" was released on the Internet by WikiLeaks. The documents consist of "some 92,000 reports spanning parts of two administrations from January 2004 through December 2009.... [T]he documents sketch a war hamstrung by an Afghan government, police force and army of questionable loyalty and competence, and by a Pakistani military that appears at best uncooperative and at worst to work from the shadows as an unspoken ally of the very insurgent forces the American-led coalition is trying to defeat....

"Secret commando units like Task Force 373 -- a classified group of Army and Navy special operatives -- work from a 'capture/kill list' of about 70 top insurgent commanders. These missions, which have been stepped up under the Obama administration, claim notable successes, but have sometimes gone wrong, killing civilians and stoking Afghan resentment....

"The Central Intelligence Agency has expanded paramilitary operations inside Afghanistan. The units launch ambushes, order airstrikes and conduct night raids. From 2001 to 2008, the C.I.A. paid the budget of Afghanistan's spy agency and ran it as a virtual subsidiary....

"As the Afghanistan war took priority under the Obama administration, more Special Operations forces were shifted from Iraq to conduct secret missions. The C.I.A.'s own paramilitary operations inside Afghanistan grew in tandem -- as did the agency’s close collaboration with Afghanistan's own spy agency. Usually, such teams conducted night operations aimed at top Taliban commanders and militants on the 'capture/kill' list.... The expanding special operations have stoked particular resentment among Afghans -- for their lack of coordination with local forces, the civilian casualties they frequently inflicted and the lack of accountability."


Chivers, C. J., and Eric Schmitt. "C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons." New York Times, 16 Feb. 2050, A4. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to current and former U.S. officials, the CIA, "working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller.... The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006.... It led to the United States' acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets.... The effort was run out of the C.I.A. station in Baghdad in collaboration with the Army's 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion and teams of chemical-defense and explosive ordnance disposal troops, officials and veterans of the units said." Some of the rockets "contained the nerve agent sarin."


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