CIA, Thai agencies unite against terrorism

CIA, Thai agencies unite against terrorism - Financial Review, October 3, 2003
The Thai government, which has often asserted that Thailand is free of terrorists, has never publicly acknowledged the existence of the CTIC...
Senior Thai security officials said the impetus to establish the CTIC came in early 2001, after they received reports from their US counterparts that suspected terrorists with links to al-Qaeda were using Thailand as a transit and meeting place...
Maintaining Thailand's neutral image was part of a deliberate effort to lure terrorism plotters to Thai soil, said regional security officials familiar with the situation.
If Thailand could preserve the perception among suspected terrorists that the country was a safe place to meet and relax, then the CTIC and CIA could monitor their movements without raising suspicion.
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