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  • Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.

    06/06/2014 7:43:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy — worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda — has operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years. ... The Haqqani network maintains a safe haven in North Waziristan, Pakistan, across Afghanistan’s southeastern border. The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North...
  • Pakistan plans military operation in North Waziristan, targeting extremist groups

    02/25/2014 6:31:57 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2014 | By Karen DeYoung
    The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region following a series of brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure of peace talks with the militants, according to a senior Pakistani official. “It could be any day,” said the official, who added that military plans have been shared with top U.S. officials who have long urged an offensive. Planning for the operation comes amid a Pakistan-requested pause in U.S. drone strikes now entering its third month — the longest period without an attack in more than two...
  • Pakistan Taliban say chief Mehsud killed in drone strike

    11/01/2013 10:54:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/1/13 | BBC
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a drone strike, a high-ranking Taliban official has told the BBC. Mehsud became leader of the Pakistani Taliban in 2009, aged 30, after his predecessor died in a US drone strike.
  • Drone strike kills Pakistani Taliban chief: sources

    11/01/2013 10:56:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Friday, several security sources told Reuters, -excerpt- Hakimullah Mehsud, who was believed to be in his mid-30s and was one of Pakistan's most wanted men, has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across Pakistan confirmed he had been killed in the drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan region.
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, PRIVATE BERGDAHL

    12/25/2009 4:16:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 43 replies · 773+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | Posted on 25 December 2009 @ 23:08 | Aaron Weisburd
    Private Bergdahl - assuming he's still alive - is spending Christmas as a captive of the Taliban. His captors spent the last day or two uploading a video showing Private Bergdahl reading a statement. The video was divided into four segments and uploaded to YouTube on 25 December 2009. The YouTube account is:
  • Pakistan: Security forces raid abandoned

    07/30/2008 9:26:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 269+ views
    The News ^ | 7/30/2008 | Mushtaq Yusufzai
    PESHAWAR: Backed by gunship helicopters, several hundred security forces Tuesday raided a madrassa run by well-known Afghan mujahideen and Taliban commander, Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, at Danday Darpakhel village in North Waziristan tribal agency. This was the eighth time that the madrassa was raided and searched. Official and tribal sources told this scribe from Danday Darpakhel, a town near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, that a large number of troops from Pakistan Army and the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) along with Khassadars and Levies personnel first besieged the village and then raided the huge and famous madrassa known as “Manba-ul-Uloom”. Witnesses said...
  • Conflicting perceptions of estranged allies

    10/20/2011 1:07:45 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    Pakistan Observer ^ | October 20th 2011 | Asif Haroon Raja
    Till 2004, Pakistan was a peaceful country and suicide bombing was unheard of. The figure of terrorism-afflicted casualties began to rise from 2005 onwards and by 2007 the number rose to 3599 killed. The death toll has now jumped to 35000. While the total fatalities of ISAF in Afghanistan from 2001 till 30 September were 2670, which includes 1800 US soldiers, Pak Army alone has suffered 3500 deaths and injuries to 10,000 soldiers. Wear and tear of weapons, tanks, APCs, helicopters, guns and vehicles is substantial. Given the acute resource constraints, it is very difficult for Pak Army to replace...
  • Musharraf: Why Haqqani terrorist group can help Pakistan

    10/20/2011 5:09:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | September 28, 2011 | Duncan Gardham
    Mr Musharaff told The Daily Telegraph that it was important for his country to spell out to the world why the Haqqani network was being allowed to operate on its soil... "Certainly if Afghanistan is being used by India to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan, we would like to prevent that." He said the Haqqani group was the source of a "terrible" lack of trust and confidence and added: "The United States must understand Pakistan has its own national interest. The United States must accept the compulsions of Pakistan and give assurances." ... Mr Musharraf said Pakistan must "talk straight" about...
  • US declares Haqqani network a terrorist body

    09/07/2012 11:18:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    AP via New York Daily News ^ | Friday, September 7th 2012, 12:58 PM | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration declared Friday that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network of militants is a terrorist body despite misgivings about how the largely symbolic act could further stall planned Afghan peace talks or put yet another chill on the United States' already fragile counterterrorism alliance with Islamabad. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision, signed Friday ahead of a Sunday deadline set by Congress, bans Americans from doing business with members of the group and blocks any assets it holds in the United States. The order, which will go into effect within 10 days, completes an odyssey of sorts for the...
  • ILYAS KASHMIRI - PAKISTAN'S FRANKENSTEIN

    06/24/2010 2:59:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies
    SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda commander continues to pose a threat to U.S. and South Asian security as Pakistan’s military and intelligence services look the other way” IPT News June 22, 2010 SNIPPET: “Top Al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri poses a major threat to U.S. interests both at home and abroad. Described by intelligence agencies “as the most effective, dangerous and successful guerrilla leader in the world,” Kashmiri heads Al Qaeda’s military operations wing. He figures prominently in two recent high-profile terrorism indictments issued in Chicago. But Kashmiri remains free in South Asia and in control of a renowned Al Qaeda terror...
  • Two solders martyred in remote controlled bomb blast in Miranshah

    01/01/2012 7:48:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    South Asian News Agency ^ | December 31, 2011 | SANA--ZS
    MIRANSHAH (SANA): A bomb ripped through a military vehicle Saturday martyring two soldiers in a village in Miranshah. According to sources close to security forces, the incident took place in Data Khel area of North Waziristan tribal agency that left two soldiers dead. The remote-controlled bomb planted on a roadside hit a patrol party leading a convoy of security forces at Boya village, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Miranshah. The vehicle was also damaged as a result of blast. Security forces imposed curfew in the area after the attack and launched a search operation to trace the perpetrators....
  • US Predators kill 6 'militants' in North and South Waziristan

    10/13/2011 5:35:50 PM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | 13 oct 2011 | Bill Roggio
    1 The Long War Journal: US Predators kill 6 'militants' in North and South Waziristan Written by Bill Roggio on October 13, 2011 12:09 AM to 1 The Long War Journal Available online at: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/10/us_predators_kill_4_10.php US Predators struck today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan, killing six "militants" in the first recorded strikes in nearly two weeks. In the first strike, the unmanned, CIA-operated Predators, or the more deadly Reapers, fired a pair of missiles in the village of Danda Darpa Khel just outside Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan, according to AFP. Pakistani...
  • Gadahn death rumors continue to surface

    03/07/2008 3:24:56 AM PST · by Dog · 58 replies · 1,491+ views
    .longwarjournal.org ^ | March 6, 2008 | Bill Roggio
    As US and Pakistani intelligence attempted to determine who else might have been killed in the Jan. 29 US airstrike in North Waziristan that took the life of al Qaeda commander Abu Laith al Libi, a new, unconfirmed report claimed Adam Gadahn, Laith's American deputy, died in the strike, as did two Kuwaitis and four other terrorists. Sources inside Pakistan told the Nine/Eleven Finding Answers Foundation that US traitor Adam Gadahn was killed, along with Abu Suhail, Laith's former deputy; Hamza al Somali, who is presumably of Australian or US nationality; Abu Ubayda Tawari Rakhis al Mutairi, a Kuwaiti national;...
  • US missile strike kills five in South Waziristan: officials

    06/03/2011 9:20:00 PM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    DAWN ^ | 4 june 2011 | AFP
    MIRAMSHAH: A US missile strike targeting a militant compound killed five rebels in Pakistan’s tribal badlands near the Afghan border on Friday, security officials said. The strike took place in Ghwakhwa area, 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal region, where the military launched an operation two years ago. “A US drone fired three missiles on a militant compound, killing five rebels,” a senior security official in the area told AFP. Another security official confirmed the strike and casualties but said the “identities of those killed in the attack were not immediately known”....
  • Travel Alert [Europe]

    10/03/2010 1:28:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Europe October 3, 2010 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation...
  • US missile strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

    09/19/2010 12:34:37 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sept 19, 2010 | RASOOL DAWAR
    MIR ALI, Pakistan – A suspected U.S. drone fired three missiles at a house in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing five alleged militants in the 14th such attack this month — the most intense barrage since the strikes began in 2004, said intelligence officials. The house belonged to a local militant and was located in Datta Khel, a town in the North Waziristan tribal area that is controlled by militants who regularly launch cross-border attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media.
  • ETIP Leader Killed in February Predator Strike

    09/18/2010 3:56:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | September 17, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    PHOTO CAPTION: "A Uighur terrorist, thought to be Abdul Haq al Turkistani, from a videotape released by the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party in 2008." SNIPPET: "Abdul Haq al Turkistani, a member of al Qaeda's Shura Majlis and the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party (ETIP), a terror group that seeks to establish an Islamic emirate in western China and Central Asia, was killed in a US airstrike in Pakistan in February, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. Turkistani was killed in the Feb. 14, 2010, strike on a compound in the village of Zor Babar Aidak near...
  • U.S. missile strike kills 12 militants in Pakistan

    08/14/2010 8:42:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 8/14/2010
    A pilotless U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan, an al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary on the Afghan border, killing at least 12 militants on Saturday, intelligence officials said. The United States has intensified missile strikes by drone aircraft in Pakistan's lawless Pashtun tribal lands in an effort to curb violence in Afghanistan, much of which U.S. officials say comes from militant sanctuaries on the Pakistani side. Most of the missile attacks this year were carried out on militant targets in North Waziristan region. In the latest strike, the missiles hit a house used by militants as a...
  • Exclusive interview with al-Qaeda third in charge

    06/22/2009 4:07:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 999+ views
    ALJAZEERA.net ^ | June 22, 2009 | n/a
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Mustafa Abul-Yazeed, al-Qaeda's third in command, gives a rare insight into the group's campaign. He even said al-Qaeda would use Pakistan's nuclear weapons against the US should his group get hold of them."
  • ABU DUJANA AL-KHORASANI: FROM FORUM TO MARTYRDOM

    01/10/2010 4:59:28 PM PST · by Cindy · 67 replies · 2,283+ views
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | 10 January 2010 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Some comments • I have to assume that al-Balawi was thoroughly debriefed by al-Qaida before being sent on this mission, and I'm surprised no one has sought to correlate his "infiltration" of al-Qaida with Abu Yahya al-Libi's book released over the summer: "Guidance on the Ruling of the Muslim Spy" • See also: Al Qaida: Western Spies Multiply "Like Locusts"."
  • Al Qaeda-linked Chinese terrorist leader reported killed in US strike in Pakistan

    03/01/2010 1:20:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 467+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 3/1/10 | Bill Roggio
    The leader of a Chinese terrorist group who serves on al Qaeda's top council may have been killed in an airstrike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The report is not confirmed. Abdul Haq al Turkistani, the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party, is reported to have been killed by the US in the Feb. 15 airstrike. The US strike targeted a vehicle and a safe house operated by Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Baradar in the town of Tabi Ghundi Kala; four terrorists were reported killed in the attack. Pakistani intelligence officials and Taliban sources claimed that...
  • US airstrike in North Waziristan kills 6

    01/19/2010 9:59:47 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 321+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | January 19, 2010 11:13 AM | Bill Roggio
    Unmanned US strike aircraft killed six Islamist extremists in an attack on a compound in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The strike took place in the Datta Khel region in North Waziristan, a region that hosts a headquarters for al Qaeda's Shadow Army. "Two missiles fired by a US drone hit a compound which was being used by militants," a senior Pakistani security official told Dawn. "One missile hit a compound and the other hit a vehicle outside it. Six militants were killed." No senior al Qaeda or Taliban commanders have been reported killed in the strike at...
  • Suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan (3 dead, hit a jeep near Spalga in North Waziristan)

    12/07/2009 6:50:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 640+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/09 | AP
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles into an al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary in a Pakistani region the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing at least three militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike in the North Waziristan region was the first since U.S. President Barack Obama's speech last week outlining plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Obama said Pakistan must not allow its territory to be used as a sanctuary for militants. "One of the missiles hit a vehicle and all three militants in it were killed," an intelligence official told Reuters...
  • Senior Al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban leaders meet with Baitullah

    06/22/2009 4:50:08 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 1,014+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | June 21, 2009, 2:02 am | Bill Roggio
    Senior al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban leaders are reported to have met with Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud to advise him to move his group's operations into Afghanistan and halt attacks against the Pakistani state. Several meetings were said to have been held last week after an 11-man delegation of al Qaeda and Taliban heavy hitters arrived in Waziristan to deliver a request from Mullah Omar, the Amir al Mumineen, or the leader of the faithful in Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to a report in The Nation. The Taliban dispatched Sirajuddin Haqqani, the powerful military commander of the Haqqani Network,...
  • New York Times reporter escapes Taliban captivity

    06/20/2009 4:13:10 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 1,993+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 6/20/2009 | Jason Straziuso
    A New York Times reporter known for making investigative trips deep inside dangerous conflict zones escaped from militant captors after more than seven months in captivity by climbing over a wall, the newspaper said Saturday. David S. Rohde was abducted Nov. 10 along with an Afghan reporter colleague and a driver south of the Afghan capital, Kabul. He had been traveling through Logar province to interview a Taliban commander, but was apparently intercepted and taken by other militants on the way. The Times reported that Rohde and Afghan reporter Tahi Ludin on Friday climbed over the wall of a compound...
  • UK militant 'killed in Pakistan'

    11/22/2008 2:53:31 AM PST · by csvset · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 November 2008 | BBC
    A fugitive British militant linked to an alleged UK plot to use liquid bombs to blow up transatlantic airliners has been killed in Pakistan, reports say. Pakistani media said Rashid Rauf, born in Birmingham, was killed in a US air strike in North Waziristan, a haven for militants and the Taleban. Mr Rauf, on the run after escaping from a Pakistani jail, was alleged to have helped the group planning the attacks. Three men were convicted in the UK in September of conspiracy to murder. News of the liquid bomb plot paralysed global air travel, prompting authorities to implement stringent...
  • Arab, Asian al Qaeda operatives reported killed in North Waziristan raid

    01/31/2008 10:45:10 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 225+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | January 31, 2008 11:08 AM | Bill Roggio
    Permalink | Printer-friendly version Arab, Asian al Qaeda operatives reported killed in North Waziristan raid By Bill RoggioJanuary 31, 2008 11:08 AM Abu Laith al Libi. Click to view. The Jan. 29 airstrike against a Taliban safe house in Pakistan's North Waziristan may have targeted two senior al Qaeda leaders, the Pakistani press is reporting. The airstrike was carried out by US forces in Afghanistan and killed 13, according to local tribesman in the town of Khushali Tari Khel near Mir Ali on the Pakistan-Afghan frontier. Seven Arab members of al Qaeda and six Central Asian operatives were reported...
  • Pakistan bombards (2) militant hide-outs (North Waziristan, Daygan, 10 miles North of Miran Shah)

    08/07/2007 10:23:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 809+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/7/07 | Bashirullah Khan - ap
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - Government forces attacked two militant bases with helicopter gunships and artillery Tuesday in some of the army's toughest action in the lawless Afghan border region since militant attacks began surging last month. Spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said troops targeted a pair of compounds in Daygan, a village 10 miles west of North Waziristan's main town of Miran Shah, after they received credible intelligence that militants were there. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, a key ally of the United States in its war on terror, is under rising pressure from Washington to crack down on militants in...
  • Al Qaeda escapee caught in Afghanistan: report

    11/13/2006 12:05:15 AM PST · by bd476 · 23 replies · 1,467+ views
    Reuters and Yahoo News ^ | November 12, 2006
    Yahoo! News and Reuters Al Qaeda escapee caught in Afghanistan: report 52 minutes ago KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Afghanistan have captured an al Qaeda operative who escaped from the main U.S. military prison in the country last year, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Monday. The man, identified as Abu Nasir al-Qahtani, was captured recently in the southeastern Afghan province of Khost, the News newspaper said, citing Taliban supporters in the Pakistani border region of North Waziristan. The U.S. military said on November 6 a "known al Qaeda operative and five other extremists" had been captured during an operation...
  • U.S. Embassy bombings suspect confirmed killed (Another one bites the dust)

    10/24/2006 4:18:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 77 replies · 3,460+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/24/2006 | CNN
    CNN) -- An al Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings was killed in April in Pakistan, American officials have confirmed. Pakistani officials had said that Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah was killed in North Waziristan during an airstrike by Pakistani forces near the border with Afghanistan. DNA testing confirmed the Pakistani government's claim, U.S. officials said, and Atwah's name was removed from the FBI's list of Most Wanted Terrorists. Atwah, 42, was born in Egypt. He was indicted in connection with al Qaeda's suicide bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania....
  • Taliban Asked Not to Fight Against Pakistan Army

    09/26/2006 12:36:45 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 19 replies · 942+ views
    Taliban military commander Mulla Dadullah Akhund has said he visited North Waziristan and South Waziristan in Pakistans tribal areas about three months ago and advised the Taliban there not to fight their countrys armed forces. I told the Pakistani tribal militants that fighting in Waziristan was in the interest of America. My argument was that we should fight the US, UK and armies of other Western countries, he told Pakistani newspaper in a satellite phone call from an undisclosed location. Mulla Dadullah, who is the most wanted Taliban leader after Mulla Mohammad Omar, argued that the Taliban fight was with...
  • Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in suicide attack

    06/26/2006 6:51:27 AM PDT · by TexKat · 3 replies · 265+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/26/06
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) - Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber blew up his car at a checkpost in a restive tribal area, a day after militants there announced a truce. It was the second suicide blast in a month in rugged North Waziristan, where Pakistani forces recently fought bloody battles against Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents who fled from neighbouring Afghanistan in 2001. Security officials said Monday paramilitary troops ordered the explosives-filled Toyota Corolla station-wagon to stop as it neared a roadblock six kilometres (four miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in the area. "As it did...
  • Meeting Pakistan's Taleban chief (Haji Omar)

    05/20/2006 1:33:10 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 8 replies · 361+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-20-06 | Aamer Ahmed Khan
    Not many outside Pakistan's troubled tribal zone of Waziristan along the country's north-western border with Afghanistan will be familiar with the name of Haji Omar. But in Waziristan, it is a name that is commanding increasing respect and awe with every passing day. Haji Omar is the amir (chief) of the Pakistani Taleban that have risen over the last year to take control of large parts of Waziristan. His writ runs virtually unchallenged in South Waziristan and he seems confident that his commanders will soon establish Taleban control in North Waziristan as well. 'Al-Qaeda ally' Meeting him in Wana, South...
  • Pakistan Taleban settles in

    05/08/2006 11:57:25 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies · 248+ views
    BBC News World Edition ^ | Tuesday, 9 May 2006 | Aamer Ahmed Khan
    Taleban fighters battling Pakistani security forces declared a unilateral ceasefire last week to accommodate a religious gathering near Miranshah, the largest town in North Waziristan. The ceasefire began on 2 May to allow tens of thousands of devotees from all over the region to attend the annual ritual organised by the Pakistan-based Tablighi Jamaat. The ceasefire ends on 11 May. What happens after that is anyone's guess.
  • Pakistan Forces Kill 15 Near Afghan Border - North Waziristan , suspected Taliban sympathizers

    03/24/2006 1:30:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies · 3,283+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/06 | Bashirullah Khan - ap
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 15 suspected Taliban sympathizers Friday in the latest flare-up of violence near the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said. One soldier also was killed. The top army spokesman described the continuing bloodshed in the North Waziristan tribal region as "disturbing" and said efforts to control it were costing the Pakistani military "heavily." "Eighty percent of the people in the area are sitting on the fence and watching for which side buckles, either the government or the militants, and they will go with the winner," Maj. Gen....
  • 30 Militants Killed in Pakistani Assault

    03/10/2006 10:44:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 509+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/06 | Munir Ahmad - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships targeted a suspected militant hideout near the Afghan border, killing about 30 militants in a volatile tribal region that has seen repeated clashes in the past week, a military spokesman said Saturday. The spokesman, Gen. Shaulat Sultan, said the attack was launched late Friday near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan. Sultan would not reveal the identity or nationality of the slain men, but told The Associated Press the attack was launched using "authentic intelligence, and according to our information about 30 miscreants, who included foreigners, were killed." An...
  • Pakistan - Army regains control of Miramshah (Taliban expelled)

    03/05/2006 11:29:49 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 430+ views
    DAWN.com ^ | March 6, 2006
    PESHAWAR, March 5: Security forces regained control of government buildings and installations after a fierce artillery duel with local Taliban in Miramshah on Sunday, officials said. However, there were reports of sporadic clashes continuing in the area. The officials said that troops had expelled Taliban elements from the government buildings after a nightlong battle in which Cobra helicopter gunships were also used. A senior military official said militants were still in control of a small pocket of Miramshah bazaar and expressed the hope that they would be ‘wiped out’ by Monday noon. “There have been small engagements in Mirali...
  • (Pakistani)Army Helicopter Crashes in Northwestern Tribal Region With About 16 People on Board

    08/05/2004 1:24:00 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 276+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2004 | Munir Ahmad Associated Press Writer
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani army helicopter carrying about 16 people crashed Thursday in a remote northwestern tribal region that has seen sporadic fighting between government forces and foreign militants, police and army officials said. The helicopter went down near Karak, a town in North Waziristan, officials told The Associated Press. Authorities have recovered at least four bodies from the crash site, Inayat Ullah, a police official in Karak, told The Associated Press. He did not know if there were any survivors, but said they believe about 16 people were on board. Another police officer, Naseer Mohammed, said the...