When Taliban insurgents struck across the nation, CIA operatives were not even aware of the troop movement regardless of their massive capability to infiltrate and unearth Taliban-Al-Qaeda operations.
CIA which is decorated for its success in intelligence gathering and subversion has struck a wrong cord in Afghanistan, failing completely to destroy Taliban influence and military capability.
After a decade of ouster, Taliban struck Kabul and across Afghanistan on Sunday with heavy machine gun fire.
Afghanistan Eastern cities of Gardez, Jalalabad and Pul-i-Alam were attacked, emptying streets and buildings until gunship helicopters from US bases were called into to attack the new Taliban positions in the cities.
NATO spokesperson last week confirmed there was no plans to carryout such an extensive operation by either Taliban or its Haqqani network arm.
CIA backed the assertions and downplayed possibilities of a major insurgent workings in the offing, but after the Sunday incident, defense and intelligence officials were at pains admiting the attacks were well planned.
US defense officials admitted that though the attacks failed to deliver a serious causality blow, they were relatively sophisticated and involved multiple, coordinated attacks.
German Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson for NATO had hinted that intelligence on Taliban showed small coordinated attacks but not such a large scale operation.