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  • Bob Beckel: Get ready for an October surprise, Republicans

    09/21/2014 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit
    Via NRO, nothing says “slow news Friday” like a lazy post devoted to half-assed speculation. On the one hand, he’s an old Democrat with friends in the Democratic establishment. He might conceivably have heard something from a friend who’s heard something from someone who’s in a position to know. On the other hand, I haven’t seen a single other liberal in media anywhere say anything about an October surprise. What’s most likely? That Bob Beckel, Fox News liberal, is somehow more tapped in to the White House than MSNBC? That lots of other lefties in media know what he’s talking...
  • Pakistan air raids in North Waziristan 'kill militants'

    06/14/2014 7:54:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/14/14 | BBC
    Pakistani fighter jets have carried out air strikes against militant hideouts, killing dozens of fighters, officials in the north-west of the country say. The strikes were in the mountainous Dehgan area in the North Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold for Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants. ... No exact casualty figures were given. "The strikes were carried out based on confirmed reports about the presence of Uzbek and other militants in the area," an official said. It is the second set of strikes in the region this week, days after the airport attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, which killed at least...
  • Successive drone strikes leave at least 16 dead in N Waziristan (1st in 6 Months)

    06/12/2014 3:23:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 11 June 2014 | Zahir Shah Sherazi
    MIRAMSHAH: After a nearly six month halt in the drone campaign, separate US aerial drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in pre-dawn strikes on Thursday just days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on Karachi airport that killed 37 people. Two successive US drone strikes killed at least 16 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal area where pressure was building on Islamabad to react after the brazen attack. The first attack took place late on Thursday night when the unmanned US plane fired six missiles that hit a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan,...
  • 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 Pakistans 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 Afghanistans southeastern border. The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North...
  • 40 rebels killed in Waziristan include 36 aliens

    01/22/2014 2:26:29 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Pajhwok Afghan news ^ | Posted on January 22, 2014 | Javed Hamim Kakar
    Pak Army Always Blames Uzbeks36 Out of 40 Bannu Bombers Were Allegedly IMU by 40 rebels killed in Waziristan include 36 aliens By Javed Hamim Kakar KABUL (PAN): Up to 36 foreigners were among 40 Taliban fighters killed during air strikes by Pakistani forces on Monday night and Tuesday in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, media reports said on Wednesday. Security officials told the Pakistani media 33 Uzbeks and three Germans were among those killed in the air strikes which appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to Taliban-claimed bombings in northwestern Bannu town and the...
  • Ansar Ul Mujahedeen took responsibility of the North Waziristan attack

    Miran Shah, Militants attack on the shewa check post in North Waziristan on Wednesday morning; they target the check post with suicide bombers, in the result of the attack 4 security personals injured. According to the detail the incident occurred in the Wednesday early morning. Four security personnel were injured in the attack, security forces start firing after the attack. Local confirmed that they still heard the firing in the area. Abu Baseer the spokesman of Ansar Ul Mujahedeen took the responsibility of the suicide attack on FC check post and said that our attack will remain continues against security...
  • Pakistani Taliban 'elect new chief', vow 'unprecedented' revenge

    11/02/2013 12:18:22 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    Times of India - Pak ^ | Nov . 2 , 2013 | staff
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday named Khan Syed Mehsud alias Sajna as its new chief, a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan's Shura (Council), media reports said. Most of the members of the council were present in the meeting held at an undisclosed location though all could not attend it.
  • 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.
  • Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones (est. 900 killed, 600 injured since 2004)

    10/28/2013 6:34:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
    Last week, Amnesty International released a report on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, concluding that as many as 900 civilians might have been killed and 600 seriously injured in the attacks since 2004, when the controversial program began. The United States launched between 330 to 374 drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and September 2013, according to the report. And those strikes have created a culture of fear on the ground. "I wasn't scared of drones before," Nabeela, an 8-year-old whose grandmother, Mamana Bibi, was killed by a 2012 drone strike, says in the report. "But now when they fly...
  • 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:
  • Madrassas Are Emptying for Final US Fighting Season in Afghanistan

    07/20/2013 7:21:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | Friday, July 19, 2013 | Carlo Muoz
    COMBAT OUTPOST WILDERNESS, Afghanistan The Taliban and its allies are plotting a bloody and spectacular end to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Foreign fighters are pouring into the eastern part of the country to take on U.S. and allied forces in what will likely be the final fighting season for American troops here. Pakistani-based terror groups like the Haqqani Network and others are calling upon every house, every family to send fighters into Afghanistan, Afghan army commanders stationed at the American base in Paktia province told The Hill. The madrassas are emptying" in Pakistan, added Lt. Col. David Hamann, who...
  • US drone targets Haqqani network in N. Waziristan; kills 17

    07/03/2013 4:10:56 AM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    Dawn ^ | staff
    MIRAMSHAH: At least 17 people were killed and two others injured in a US drone attack which targeted a house in the North Waziristan tribal region late on Tuesday night. Sources told Dawn.com that the drone fired four missiles on the house near Miramshah bazaar in Sirai Darpakhel area, targeting the Haqqani residential compound and a car. The head commander Haji Shahrifullah of Haqqani, a militant network, is said to be safe, whereas 17 people were killed and two others injured in the attack. Intelligence sources confirmed the death toll. US officials consider the Haqqani network to be one of...
  • Six Men Charged With Terror Offences

    09/25/2011 11:24:01 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    News.Sky.com - SKY NEWS ^ | 6:18am UK, Monday September 26, 2011 | David Crabtree, Midlands Correspondent
    SNIPPET: "A seventh man, aged 20, was arrested on Thursday and continues to be questioned." SNIPPET: "Irfan Nasser, 30, from Sparkhill, and Irfan Khalid, 26, from Sparkbrook, are accused of travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training, including bomb making, and weapons and poison making; as well making a martyrdom video and planning a bombing campaign. Ashik Ali, 26, from Balsall Heath, and Rahi Ahmed, 25, from Moseley, face charges related to planning a bombing campaign in the UK, including constructing a home-made explosive device for terrorist acts and stating an intention to be suicide bombers. Two other suspects - Bahader...
  • 'Qaeda 7' attorney gets NYC job: Fed prosecutor gig ('Terrorist sympathizer')

    01/09/2011 4:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Michael Maddux
    An embattled former Obama administration appointee -- who was part of a group of attorneys accused of being terrorist sympathizers for defending "enemy combatants" -- has been hired for a post at the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, officials confirmed today. Tali Farhadian was one of several private attorneys who created a rift between Republicans last spring when the Obama Administration assigned them to posts within the Justice Department. Although Farhadian was handling unrelated matters in Attorney General Eric Holder's office, a political watchdog group accused Obama of overloading the agency with officials sympathetic to enemy combatants. Their appointments even...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pakistan: German Jihadist Killed in US Drone Attack

    05/02/2012 11:44:06 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 4/30/2012 | Hubert Gude
    A US Army drone strike in March killed a German citizen who had joined the jihad in Pakistan. His death has the potential to reignite the debate over the legitimacy of air strikes by unmanned drones and may increase diplomatic tensions with the US. Diplomatic Powder KegOn the morning of March 9, 29-year-old Samir H. was in a large pickup truck in southern Waziristan when a remote-controlled US Army drone, several kilometers high, took aim at the vehicle. Reports indicate that at least one of the three rockets launched by the drone hit the target and destroyed the pickup truck...
  • U.S. drones attack militants in Pakistan, Yemen (suspected al Qaeda targets)

    03/30/2012 2:51:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12 | Mark Hosenball - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-operated drones carried out deadly missile strikes against suspected al Qaeda targets in Pakistan and Yemen on Friday, U.S. government sources said. There was no connection between the targets in the two locations, other than the fact that both sets of militants who were attacked were believed to have had some connection with al Qaeda affiliates, .. Reports from Aden said that at least five suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a car in southern Yemen's Shabwa province were killed when a drone strike set their vehicle on fire. Witnesses said a second drone hit an empty...
  • Officials: Pakistani Taliban training Frenchmen

    03/24/2012 12:26:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/24/12 | Ishtiaq Mahsud - AP
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) Dozens of French Muslims are training with the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, raising fears of future attacks following the shooting deaths of seven people in southern France allegedly by a man who spent time in the region, Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday. Authorities are investigating whether Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman of Algerian descent who is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in Toulouse this month, was among the training group, the officials said. Merah was killed in a dramatic gunfight with police Thursday after a 32-hour standoff at...
  • Eight foreigners killed in second N.Waziristan drone strike

    02/16/2012 5:38:32 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes struck suspected militants in Pakistans tribal badlands on Thursday, killing at least 13 fighters in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said. The aircraft fired missiles hours apart on separate targets in what is considered the premier bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan as the government in Islamabad welcomed the Afghan and Iranian leaders for a summit. Five militants were killed in the first attack that destroyed a compound in Spalga town near Miranshah and at least eight died in the second attack on a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali,...
  • Pakistan Government Banned the visit to FATA for foreigners

    11/04/2011 8:46:39 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 6 replies
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 5 November | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, Federal Government has banned Foreigners for moving FATA. With out NOC no one will goes to FATA area for any purpose. Saferon Ministry has issued ordered to provincial Government. Ordered were released to Governor Secretariat, FATA secretariat and Political Agents of the different Tribal Agencies. The action has taken because the Law & order situation of the tribal agencies. Ministry also ordered to the Departments that if any foreigner detain in FATA area with out NOC, they take action against these foreigners .Ministry also announced that if Any Foreigners want to visit the Tribal Agency, he must have NOC...
  • Pakistan drone attack 'kills' top militants (South Waziristan)

    10/27/2011 9:04:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/27/11 | BBC News
    A US drone strike in north-west Pakistan has killed two top commanders of one of Pakistan's most influential Taliban groups, officials say. They say that among the four people killed is the brother of top Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir. Maulvi Nazir's Taliban faction is based in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region where the drone attack on Thursday took place. His forces are blamed for attacks on Nato troops in nearby Afghanistan. The militants were killed when four missiles were fired at a pick-up truck they were driving in Azam Warsak, 20km (13 miles) west of Wana, the main town in...
  • U.S. troops seal Afghan border with Pakistani North Waziristan

    10/17/2011 5:23:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | Oct 17, 2011
    ISLAMABAD, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The United States shifted hundreds of its troops to the Afghan area bordering North Waziristan on Sunday along with heavy arms and gunship helicopters and sealed the Pak-Afghan border for all types of movement. Tribesmen living in the border areas said Afghan and U.S. authorities had clamped a curfew in the Gurbaz area of Afghanistan 's Khost province and started house-to-house searches. The abrupt deployment of U.S. forces near the border area with Pakistan has escalated tension in the militancy-plagued North Waziristan tribal region as U.S. forces immediately sealed the main Ghulam Khan- Khost highway...
  • US missiles kill six in South Waziristan

    10/15/2011 7:45:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Dawn ^ | 15 oct 2011 | staff
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A US missile strike killed at least six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border Saturday, two Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the third such American missile attack in as many days. The officials said four missiles slammed into a compound near the border town of Angore Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region. The strike was targeting fighters of Maulvi Nazir, a militant commander who is accused of working with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to direct cross-border attacks, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Nazir is believed to have an agreement with...
  • 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...
  • 'Al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed' (Waziristan drone strike)

    09/15/2011 1:57:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/15/11 | BBC
    A senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, has been killed, say senior US officials. There has been no independent confirmation of the death, which officials said happened in the Waziristan tribal region. The US frequently carries out drone air strikes against suspected militants hiding out in the volatile area. Three weeks ago, the US said it had killed al-Qaeda's suspected chief of operations, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman. The media are denied access to the area, making it difficult to confirm such claims. The US said Shahri has been killed earlier this week and that his death "removes a key...
  • Drone makes four kills in NWA

    09/11/2011 2:03:00 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies
    GEO TV ^ | September 11, 2011 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: At least four people have been reported killed after a US drone fired two missiles at them in the North Waziristan, Geo News reported. Sources told Geo News an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targeted a house and a vehicle killing four people in District Mirali. Local sources have confirmed four casualties. Its been reported as well that four drones kept hovering over the area following the kills, which impeded rescue work. This was the 40th such attack in North Waziristan, taking the tally of total drone attacks, so far, this year to 55.
  • US official: Al-Qaida's No. 2 killed in Pakistan (Atiyah Abd al-Rahman)

    08/27/2011 10:30:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/27/11 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    Al-Qaida's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, a senior Obama administration official said Saturday. The Libyan national who was the network's former operational leader rose to al-Qaida's No. 2 spot after the U.S. killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during a raid on his Pakistan compound in May. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month that al-Qaida's defeat was within reach if the U.S. could mount a string of successful attacks on the group's weakened leadership.
  • US drone attack kills 21 'militants' in Pakistan

    08/10/2011 4:11:23 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 august 2011 | BBC
    A US drone attack has killed at least 21 militants in north-western Pakistan, local intelligence officials said. The drone fired two missiles, destroying a vehicle and a compound near Miranshah town in North Waziristan tribal district, on the Afghan border. The dead militants include some foreigners and are believed to be part of the Haqqani network, officials say.
  • US drone strike kills 4 in North Waziristan

    08/02/2011 5:44:18 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies
    The Nation ^ | August 02, 2011 | AFP
    MIRANSHAH (AFP) - A US drone strike targeting a vehicle in North Waziristan Agency killed four militants on Tuesday, local security officials said. The missile attack, the second in two days, took place near Qutub Khel village, five kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency.
  • Five killed in South Waziristan drone strike

    08/01/2011 5:29:30 AM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies
    GEO TV ^ | August 01, 2011 | Wire
    WANA: At least five people were killed in a drone strike in South Waziristan Agency Monday, Geo News reported. According to sources, the drone fired two missiles at a car in the Nargasai area of the agency. The car was completely destroyed while the drones were seen flying over the area after the strike causing hindrance to rescue efforts.
  • US missile strike kills four in North Waziristan

    07/06/2011 4:16:34 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    Daily Times ^ | 5 july 2011 | AFP
    MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike late on Tuesday killed at least four terrorists in the Tribal Areas on the border with Afghanistan, local security officials said. The drone fired two missiles at a guesthouse in Mir Ali, about 25 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency, the officials said. The guesthouse was completely destroyed. At least four terrorists have been killed in this US drone attack, said a security official in Mir Ali. Five other terrorists were injured. Taliban and al Qaeda-linked terrorists have carved out strongholds in the tribal belt where they plot attacks on...
  • US drones strikes kill 21 in South Waziristan

    06/27/2011 7:20:39 PM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies
    Dawn ^ | 27 June 2011 | Reuters
    WANA: Missile strikes from two US drones killed at least 21 suspected militants in Pakistans South Waziristan on Monday, Pakistani officials said, part of an intensified US assault in the tribal belt this month. In the first strike, a missile hit a moving vehicle in Ghalmandi Panga village on the Afghan border, killing eight militants. A few hours later, another drone fired three missiles into a militant training centre in Mantoi town, about 30 km north of South Waziristans main town of Wana. It was a big compound which was used as training centre. Militants have cordoned off the area...
  • 18 killed in Waziristan drone attacks

    06/15/2011 6:37:28 PM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies
    DAWN ^ | 15 june 2011 | wire
    MIRAMSHAH: Three US drone attacks killed 18 suspected militants in South and North Waziristan on Wednesday. Four missiles hit a vehicle carrying suspected militants from Razmak road to Tappi area, some 10km east of Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency. All eight people on board the vehicle were killed. The vehicles was destroyed The mutilated bodies were behind recognition. AP adds: Earlier, missiles targeted a vehicle and a compound near Wana, the main town in South Waziristan Agency, killing 10 people. The victims were believed to be allied with Maulvi Nazir, a prominent militant commander in the area, according...
  • US missiles strike militant training camp in North Waziristan

    06/08/2011 2:58:47 AM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    dawn ^ | 8 june 2011 | afp
    MIRAMSHAH: US missiles struck an insurgent training camp in Pakistans tribal district of North Waziristan on Wednesday, killing 16 militants close to the Afghan border, local security officials said. The strike took place at the village of Zoynarai in the Shawal area close to the border at around 12.00pm (0700 GMT), the Pakistani officials said. In North Waziristan US drones fired five missiles at a militant training camp, killing 16 militants, a senior security official told AFP. Another security official confirmed the attack and death toll. Wednesdays strike came two days after US missiles killed 18 militants in neighbouring South...
  • 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 drone strikes kill 18 in South Waziristan

    06/06/2011 5:04:39 AM PDT · by csvset
    Dawn ^ | 6 june 2011 | AFP
    PESHAWAR: US missiles killed 18 militants in Pakistans tribal district of South Waziristan on Monday, destroying compounds and a vehicle in the deadliest drone strikes for months, officials said. Three strikes were reported just days after Pakistani officials said they believed senior al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri had died in a similar attack late Friday, also in South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan. Washington has called Pakistans semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the most dangerous place on Earth and the global headquarters of al Qaeda. The first strike killed seven militants in the early hours in Shalam Raghzai, 10 kilometres northwest of...
  • 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 Pakistans 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 Qaedas 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...
  • BREAKING: Ilyas Kashmiri killed in US drone attack [Osama bin Laden's replacement]

    06/04/2011 1:32:36 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 114 replies
    Dawn ^ | June 4, 2011 | Dawn
    PESHAWAR: According to a BBCUrdu report, Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani terrorist leader with ties to al Qaeda, was among those killed in the latest drone strikes in South Waziristan. The report quoted locals as saying that Kashmiri was killed in the strike that killed at least nine militants. Kashmiri was the chief of the Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HJI), an organisation affiliated with al Qaeda. He is widely believed to have masterminded the attack on the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi. A government official in Peshawar told BBCUrdu that although he had been receiving information regarding the death of Kashmiri...
  • 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 Pakistans 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....
  • US drone strike kills seven in North Waziristan

    05/23/2011 4:38:45 PM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    DAWN ^ | 23 may 2011 | AFP
    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone strike on Monday destroyed a vehicle in Pakistans Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked stronghold of North Waziristan on the Afghan border, killing seven militants, officials said. The attack took place on the outskirts of Mir Ali, some 30 kilometres east of Miramshah, the main town of the district where US officials want Pakistan to launch an offensive against networks fighting in Afghanistan. A US drone fired two missiles which hit a vehicle. At least seven militants have been killed, one security official in Peshawar told AFP. Another intelligence official in Miranshah said two drones fired four missiles, hitting...
  • US drone strike kills six in North Waziristan: officials

    05/20/2011 4:42:54 PM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Dawn ^ | 20 may 2011 | AFP
    MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike destroyed a vehicle in Pakistans Taliban-infested North Waziristan district on the Afghan border, killing six suspected militants on Friday, local officials said. The two missiles struck the Tappi area, 10 kilometres (six miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, where US officials want Pakistan to launch an offensive against networks fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan. A US drone targeting a militants vehicle fired two missiles killing four militants, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Another local security official confirmed the strike and casualties, saying the identity of those killed in...
  • Twin drone strikes kill 12 in North Waziristan

    05/16/2011 6:54:20 PM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 16 May 2011 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes targeting a compound and a vehicle in North Waziristan Agency killed at least twelve terrorists and wounded four others on Monday, officials said. Both the attacks took place in Mir Ali Town, some 40 kilometres east of Miranshah, a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked terrorists. Two US drones fired two missiles into a terrorist compound, and minutes later another drone fired two missiles at a vehicle nearby, officials said. In the first strike, two missiles destroyed the compound and killed six terrorists. The second attack killed those travelling in a car, an official told...
  • US drone attack kills four in North Waziristan: officials

    05/13/2011 5:59:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Dawn ^ | 13 may 2011
    MIRANSHAH: A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistans tribal district of North Waziristan on Friday, killing at least four militants, local security officials said. The attack took place in Kharkamar area, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Miranshah, a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants. A US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant vehicle, killing at least four militants, a senior security official told AFP. It was the fourth such attack reported in Pakistans tribal badlands on the Afghan border, which Washington has dubbed the global headquarters of al-Qaeda, since US commandos killed Osama...
  • US drone strike kills seven in N. Waziristan

    05/12/2011 2:29:46 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    Dawn ^ | 12 may 2011 | afp
    MIRANSHAH: A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistans tribal district of North Waziristan on Thursday, killing at least seven suspected militants, local security officials said. It was the third such attack reported in Pakistans tribal badlands on the Afghan border, which Washington has dubbed the global headquarters of al Qaeda, since US commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani city near Islamabad. A US drone fired two missiles on a militants vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, one Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Seven militants were killed, the...
  • Drone attack kills three in South Waziristan

    05/10/2011 5:18:27 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    Dawn ^ | 10 may 2011
    PESHAWAR: A US drone strike targeting a vehicle killed four militants in Pakistans tribal belt on Tuesday, local officials said, the second such operation since the killing of Osama bin Laden. A security official said the drones fired two missiles into South Waziristan. Another official said the missiles fell near Angoor Adda village. Two missiles were fired on a vehicle at about 4:15 pm (1115 GMT) and four militants were killed, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The identity of the militants was not immediately known. On Monday, hundreds of Taliban rallied in Wana, the main town of...
  • Sarah Palin, Right Again (Osama and Pakistan, from 2008)

    05/04/2011 5:07:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Benzinga ^ | May 4, 2011 | Rob Long
    Back in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama suggested that he'd violate the sovereignty of Pakistan in order to fight terrorism. His opponent, John McCain, scoffed. From the 2008 Time Capsule: During Friday's debate, Obama criticized the Bush administration for sending billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan without ridding the border region of terrorists. "If the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out," Obama added. McCain fired back hard, arguing that newly elected Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has had his...
  • US drone strike kills 25 in North Waziristan

    04/22/2011 1:36:01 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    DAWN ^ | April 22, 2011 | Reuters
    PESHAWAR: Four missiles fired by two suspected US pilotless aircrafts hit a house in North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The drone strike happened in Mir Ali, a town about 35 kilometres east of the regions main town of Miranshah. An intelligence official in the region, who requested not to be identified, told Reuters that the house was being used as a militant hideout. The militants have surrounded the area where the attack happened and are not allowing anybody to go there, he said, adding 25 bodies had been recovered from...
  • Al-Qaida figure believed killed in US drone strike

    02/21/2011 12:35:58 PM PST · by MissesBush · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/21/11 | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan An Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of 15 militants killed in two U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials said the man, identified as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, handled the terrorist group's finances in Pakistan. He was not known to be on any published U.S. lists of wanted al-Qaida leaders, and U.S. officials do not normally acknowledge the existence of the CIA-led missile program or talk about who is being killed. The two strikes, coming roughly 24 hours apart, were the first...
  • Intensified drone strikes kill 18 in North Waziristan (7 Strikes, 43 KIA )

    12/28/2010 6:13:57 PM PST · by csvset · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Dawn ^ | 28 Dec 2010 | Dawn
    MIRAMSHAH: At least 18 suspected militants and civilians were killed on Tuesday in what appears to be a surge in US drone attacks in the volatile North Waziristan, official sources said. The death toll from seven back-to-back strikes in the region adjacent to the border with Afghanistan during the past 24 hours jumped to 43. On Monday unmanned aircraft targeted three vehicles in Mirali tehsil, killing 25 suspected militants. The majority of those killed belonged to Orakzai Agency and Bannu district. Local officials said that two missiles were fired at two suspected compounds at around 10am on Tuesday in Sherkhel...