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  • Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years'...

    01/08/2013 5:04:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    FBI.gov - New York - Press Release ^ | January 8, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism U.S. Attorney’s Office January 08, 2013 Eastern District of New York Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hasbajrami will be removed from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence. The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • Tribal Youth should change the impure face of FATA, Governor Khyber PukhtoonKhwa

    08/14/2011 3:36:43 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 14 August 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar 14 August 2011, Governor KP Masood Kausar has urged the tribal youth to work for the development of Pakistan. He was addressing in occasion that organized for Tribal youth in governor house Peshawar on the independence day of Pakistan. More then 100 students, teacher were attend the event, including tribal elders also attend the event. Event was organized on the independence day of Pakistan. Fata Development Authority has organized competition between tribal students and quiz program in Governor House Peshawar. Competition Event starts one hour late. The timing of program was 10.45 am but was started on 10.50 am....
  • Construction of 65 schools in FATA approved

    07/27/2011 8:49:40 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 28 July 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    PESHAWAR: 28 July 2011, in a bid to restart construction of 65 schools at cost of Rs220.58 million in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Planning Commission has approved the plan, which was earlier termed as irregularity. Earlier, the commission had reservations about the construction of the schools by FATA Secretariat resulting in stopping the development work. The expenditures that were already incurred in connection to reconstruction of the schools were termed as irregular by the devolution and area development section of planning commission and the development work was stopped last year in the tribal areas. The construction work on any...
  • Officials: Al Qaeda No.3 Killed

    05/31/2010 6:43:26 PM PDT · by kristinn · 76 replies · 2,487+ views
    ABC News ^ | Monday, May 31, 2010 | Jake Tapper and George Stephanopoulos
    US officials tell ABC News that al Qaedas No. 3 -- Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, known as Shaikh Said al-Masri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid has been killed. Al Qaeda released a eulogy of Shaikh Said tonight, officials said. "Word is spreading in extremist circles of the death of Sheikh Sa'id al-Masri, widely viewed as the number three figure in al-Qaeda, a US official told ABC News. We have strong reason to believe that's true, and that al-Masri was killed recently in Pakistan's tribal areas. In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory. US officials believed...
  • 3 dead in northwest Pakistan missile strike (Doga area of North Waziristan)

    05/10/2010 7:32:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 169+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/10 | Hussain Afzal - ap
    PARACHINAR, Pakistan Two intelligence officials say suspected U.S. missiles struck vehicles in a tribal region near Afghanistan, killing at least three people. The identities of those killed in the attack early Tuesday in the Doga area of North Waziristan were not immediately known. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. North Waziristan has been the target of nearly all of the some 30 other American attacks this year. ..
  • Clinton: "severe consequences" in case of attack (.. next time .. if "successful" .. heaven-forbid)

    05/09/2010 1:02:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,912+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/9/10 | Michelle Nichols
    NEW YORK (Reuters) The United States has warned of "severe consequences" if a successful extremist attack in America were traced back to Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes." The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a failed bid to bomb New York's Times Square last Saturday. If proven, it would be the group's first act in the United States. Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad has been charged with driving the crude homemade bomb into Midtown Manhattan and said he acted alone, according to authorities. But investigators have uncovered possible links to the...
  • Pakistan to dictate pace of fight against extremists: US

    05/06/2010 9:56:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 287+ views
    Sifynews ^ | 5/7/2010 | Sifynews
    The Pentagon on Thursday said Pakistan would decide when to move against extremists in North Waziristan and that it was not Washington's role to dictate timing of military operations in the country. US officials have long urged Pakistan to take its offensive against Islamist militants to North Waziristan, home to an array of extremists including Al-Qaeda and the so-called Pakistani Taliban. Revelations that a foiled car bomb plot in New York City may have been linked to the Pakistani Taliban have added fresh urgency to US requests for action by Islamabad in North Waziristan. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell repeated...
  • On the run, Pakistan militants find new haven

    04/21/2010 2:57:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 240+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/21/10 | Chris Brummitt - ap
    ISLAMABAD They were never routed, no matter what Pakistan claimed. Instead, the Taliban and al-Qaida fighters have merely relocated. They're still near the Afghan border. Months after Pakistani troops chased them from South Waziristan, these militants have established a new base farther north under the protection of an insurgent leader who has cut past deals with the Pakistani army, according to residents, militants and reports from Associated Press correspondents who visited recently. The fighters including Arabs, Chechens and Uzbeks roam through markets, frequent restaurants and watch jihadi movies or surf the Web at Internet cafes, their weapons...
  • US strikes kill 6 in North Waziristan

    04/16/2010 2:50:54 PM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies · 262+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 16, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    Unmanned US strike aircraft killed six Taliban fighters during attacks in Pakistans lawless tribal agency of North Waziristan. A flight of Predators or its more muscular brothers, the Reapers, hit a Taliban compound and two vehicles in the town of Tolkhel near Miramshah in North Waziristan. The Predators fired their missiles in two waves. Seven missiles total were fired, according to a report in Dawn. The first strike hit a Taliban compound and vehicle, while the second strike appears to have hit during the Talibans attempt to recover the dead and wounded. "Missiles hit a car carrying militants and as...
  • Pakistani army kills 22 Taliban near Afghan border

    03/28/2010 6:39:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 215+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/10 | Hussain Afzal - ap
    PARACHINAR, Pakistan Pakistani troops repulsed a Taliban attack Sunday on an army base and bombed two militant hide-outs close to the Afghan border, killing 22 insurgents in a region where the army is pressing an offensive, a government official said. The fighting occurred in Orakzai tribal region where many militants are believed to have fled from a major operation in their former stronghold of South Waziristan. ... The government says more than 100 suspected militants and five soldiers have been killed in fighting in the region in the last week. Officials have said the militants killed so far include...
  • US justifies drone strikes for first time

    03/27/2010 8:48:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 659+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) The US government for the first time has offered a legal justification of its drone strikes against Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, citing the right to "self-defense" under international law. The CIA attacks by unmanned aircraft in Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere have sharply increased under President Barack Obama's administration but have remained shrouded in secrecy, with some human rights groups charging the bombing raids amount to illegal assassinations. Broaching a subject that has been off-limits for official comment, State Department legal advisor Harold Koh laid out the legal argument for the strikes in a speech late Thursday, referring...
  • Senior official: Al-Qaida leader believed killed (key role in the bombing of a CIA post last Dec.)

    03/17/2010 6:31:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 292+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/10 | Lolita C. Baldor and Mark Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON An al-Qaida leader believed to have played a key role in the bombing of a CIA post in Afghanistan last December was apparently killed by an American missile strike last week, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. The counterterrorism official said Hussein al-Yemeni was believed killed in a strike in Miram Shah, the main town in North Waziristan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information. Drone strikes in Pakistan's border region, largely conducted by the CIA, have escalated in recent months, proving an effective way to target al-Qaida and Taliban leaders hiding in the...
  • Two missile strikes kill 12 in Pakistan (new strategy?)

    03/10/2010 10:52:07 AM PST · by milwguy · 14 replies · 488+ views
    dawn ^ | 3/10/2010 | d
    MIRANSHAH: Two US missile strikes killed at least 12 militants in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. The first strike took place at 8:00 pm in Mizar Madakhel village, some 50 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan and was followed by a second strike. Eight militants were killed when the drone fired four missiles, hitting a vehicle and a compound which were being used by militants and killing four rebels, a senior security official in the area said. He added that the second strike took place after a brief interval in the same...
  • Obama's silent war shocks Pakistan

    02/03/2010 5:21:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 561+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 2/3/10 | Declan Walsh
    To many Pakistanis the most shocking aspect of the latest Taliban bombing was not the death toll, or the injuries inflicted on survivors, but the question that it raised: what was a team of American soldiers doing in a tense corner of North West Frontier province? In a way, the attack tugged the veil from a multi-faceted military assistance programme that, while not secret, is rarely publicised by either side. President Obama's public aid to Pakistan is transparent: $1.5bn a year for the next five years, mainly to boost the civilian government. But behind the scenes the US is...
  • Pakistan blast kills US soldiers

    02/03/2010 5:27:28 AM PST · by Cardhu · 20 replies · 1,367+ views
    BBC ^ | 3rd Feburary 2010 | Staff and Agencies
    Three US soldiers are among at least 10 people killed when a blast hit a convoy near a school in north-west Pakistan.Police said around 70 people, including 63 school girls and a US soldier, were injured in the bombing in Lower Dir. The soldiers were believed to have been training Pakistan's Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency operations. The two governments deny substantial numbers of US troops are based inside Pakistan, where public opinion is strongly opposed to their presence. The US embassy has declined to comment on the killings. Taliban presenceMilitary spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told the BBC that the...
  • US drones kill ten militants in Pakistan: officials (Up to eight US drones fired some 18 missiles)

    02/02/2010 9:43:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,082+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/2/10 | AFP
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) Numerous missiles fired from US drones on Tuesday killed at least ten militants in a village in Pakistan's northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said. "Up to eight US drones fired some 18 missiles at multiple militant targets in Datta khel village," a senior security official told AFP. "Ten militants were killed in the missile strikes," the official said. Local administration and intelligence officials confirmed the deaths after the volley of strikes reportedly struck militant hideouts and a training centre in three places in the village. Residents in Miranshah, the main town of...
  • Helicopters pound Pakistan militant hideout: officials (old refugee camp in N. Waziristan)

    01/22/2010 9:21:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 312+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/10 | AFP
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) Pakistani gunship helicopters on Friday pounded a suspected militant hideout in a northwestern tribal area known for sheltering Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters, officials said. The assault in North Waziristan comes a day after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates asked Islamabad about their plans to expand an existing anti-Taliban offensive into the district bordering Afghanistan. "Two gunship helicopters attacked a suspected militant centre," a security official in North Waziristan's main town Miranshah said. The attack took place on the outskirts of Miranshah in an old refugee camp now home to both Afghan migrants and Pakistanis. Authorities also...
  • 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. drone strikes in Pakistan, 3 killed

    01/19/2010 6:16:54 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 5 replies · 433+ views
    reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2010
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing three militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The drone targeted a house in a village, 35 km (22 miles) west of Miranshah...
  • Pakistan Collapse Could Trigger Global Great Depression and World War III

    01/17/2010 8:38:22 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 1,297+ views
    Pakistan Collapse Could Trigger Global Great Depression and World War III Politics / Pakistan Jan 16, 2010 - 08:47 PM By: Nadeem Walayat During 2009 the 2600 terrorist attacks resulted in the number of deaths soaring to more than 12,000 casualties in Pakistan, compared to the number killed in Iraq falling to 2,800 from the 2008 total of 5,900. The U.S. War in Afghanistan pushed the Taliban and Al-Qeeda over the border into Pakistan that has sparked an escalating insurgency and Pakistan's own U.S. backed un-popular "War on Terror" which is going just as badly as that in Afghanistan, only...
  • Pakistani officials: Suspected US drone kills 20 (Shaktoi area of South Waziristan)

    01/17/2010 9:14:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,532+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/17/10 | Rasool Dawar - ap
    MIR ALI, Pakistan At least one suspected U.S. drone fired on a house in Pakistan's volatile tribal region Sunday, killing 20 people in the 11th such attack since militants in the area orchestrated a deadly suicide bombing against the CIA in Afghanistan, intelligence officials said. Four missiles slammed into the house in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan, the same region where a drone strike Thursday targeted a meeting of militant commanders in an apparently unsuccessful attempt to kill Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. The militant leader helped organize the Dec. 30 attack against a remote CIA base in...
  • Rugged North Waziristan harbors US enemies ( By KATHY GANNON Associated Press Writer ....there?)

    01/16/2010 11:33:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 508+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Saturday, 01.16.1 | By KATHY GANNON Associated Press Writer
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- They rumble through the narrow snow-clogged mountain passes in black pickup trucks. In the back, eight to ten men armed with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades huddle together against the cold.These Islamic militants are on their way to Afghanistan to kill Americans and their allies. Their launching point: Pakistan's North Waziristan district- a lawless border area that has become the nerve center of the insurgency in nearby Afghanistan.North Waziristan is a place where al-Qaida and its Afghan and Pakistani allies can train fighters, store explosives and rest from the strain of war. The United States is pressuring...
  • "I am alive" - Hakemullah Mehsud ( CIA targets the right place,...but he wasn't there ....

    01/16/2010 11:17:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 432+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | January 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Bill Roggio
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban release another audiotape denying that he was killed in Thursday's airstrike along the border between North and South Waziristan. Today, on the 16th of January, I am saying it again -- I am alive, I am OK, I am not injured... when the drone strike took place, I was not present in the area at that time, Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said in a recorded statement that was played for reporters. Hakeemullah provided a specific date to confirm he was alive. After the audio I released...
  • U.S. drone attack kills 10 in Pakistan's Waziristan

    01/13/2010 10:54:54 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 19 replies · 699+ views
    Reuters Alertnet ^ | Jan 14, 2010
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Two U.S. drone missiles struck a compound on Thursday in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing 10 militants, Pakistani security officials said. North Waziristan is a known sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
  • Officials: Alleged US missiles kill 10 in Pakistan

    01/13/2010 11:47:03 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | January 14, 2010 | Munir Ahmad
    ISLAMABAD A suspected U.S. missile strike killed at least 10 alleged militants Thursday at a compound formerly used as a religious school in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, officials said, the eighth such attack in two weeks. The strike illustrated the Obama administration's unwillingness to abandon its missile campaign against insurgent targets along Pakistan's northwest border with Afghanistan. Despite Pakistani protest, the missile attacks have surged in number in recent days. Nearly all the attacks in recent months have focused on North Waziristan, a segment of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt where some militant networks focused on battling the U.S....
  • Drone attack targets Hakeemullah Mehsud (..CIA strikes back!)

    01/14/2010 6:39:57 AM PST · by milwguy · 15 replies · 830+ views
    dawn ^ | 1/14/2010 | ismail khan
    Leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakeemullah Mehsud, who had accepted responsibility for the deadly suicide attack on a CIA base camp in Afghanistan, appears to have been killed in a drone attack in South Waziristan, a senior security official said. The attack has left at least ten people dead, amongst them are three militant commanders, the official said. It is immaterial to say how many have been killed in the attack. The important thing for us is whether Hakeemullah is amongst those killed, the official said, requesting he not be named. He said that the TTP chief was the target...
  • US drone strike kills four in NW Pakistan: officials

    01/09/2010 2:40:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 369+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/9/10 | AFP
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) A US missile strike on Saturday killed at least four militants in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt, Pakistani security and intelligence officials said. The missile struck a compound in Ismail Khel village, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal region on the Afghan border. "A US drone fired two missiles, which hit a compound used by militants as a training centre," a senior security official told AFP. He said that the identity of the militants was not immediately known, adding it was also not clear whether any high-value target was...
  • U.S. senators defend Pakistan drone attacks

    01/08/2010 3:02:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/10 | Michael Georgy
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) U.S. senators on Friday defended American drone aircraft strikes in ally Pakistan, an issue likely to become more volatile if Washington intensifies the attacks to hunt down enemies after the bombing of CIA agents in Afghanistan. Pakistan officially objects to the attacks on suspected al Qaeda and Taliban militants along its border with Afghanistan, saying they violate its sovereignty. And Islamabad has pushed Washington to provide it with the drones to allow it to carry out its own attacks on Taliban insurgents, a move that could ease widespread anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. "We don't agree on every...
  • Pakistani officials: Suspected US missiles kill 4

    01/08/2010 9:45:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 278+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/10 | Rasool Dawar - ap
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan Suspected U.S. missiles killed four people in northwest Pakistan on Friday, the latest in a surge of such attacks since a suicide bomber staged a deadly assault on CIA employees just across the frontier in Afghanistan. The attack was the sixth in just over a week in North Waziristan, an unusually intense bombardment that also follows repeated calls by the United States for Pakistan to do more against militants there blamed for attacks on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The area is the stronghold of the Haqqani network, an Afghan Taliban group with links to al-Qaida....
  • US drone attack 'kills two' in Pakistan

    01/03/2010 9:30:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 472+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/3/10 | S.H. Khan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) US missiles flattened an extremist hideout in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt Sunday, killing two militants in the latest strike in a recent spike in drone attacks, Pakistani officials said. The attack targeted a house in Mosakki village, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, and was the third suspected US missile attack in the tribal district in less than a week. "There may have been an important figure hiding in the house," one Pakistani security official in Miranshah told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised...
  • Intel: Alleged US missile kills 3 in NW Pakistan

    01/01/2010 2:16:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 556+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/1/10 | Rasool Dawar - ap
    MIR ALI, Pakistan A suspected U.S. missile struck a car carrying alleged militants in a northwestern Pakistan tribal region Friday, killing three men in the second such attack in less than a day, intelligence officials said. The strikes are part of the U.S. campaign to rid Pakistan of a creeping militant movement Washington believes is threatening the war effort in neighboring Afghanistan. The rising insecurity inside Pakistan, meanwhile, is prompting the United Nations to relocate about a quarter of its international staff in the country, officials confirmed Thursday. Both missile strikes occurred in North Waziristan, a lawless tribal region...
  • Officials: Suspected US strikes kill 3 in Pakistan (Babar Raghzai .. North Waziristan)

    12/26/2009 3:38:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/26/09 | Rasool Dawar - ap
    MIR ALI, Pakistan A suspected U.S. missile strike killed three people Saturday in a northwest Pakistani tribal region where militants focused on fighting the West in Afghanistan are concentrated, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. The missile strike was apparently the latest in a lengthy campaign of such attacks by the U.S., which rarely discusses the covert program but has in the past said it has taken out several top al-Qaida operatives. Pakistan publicly opposes the strikes but is believed to secretly aid them. Saturday's strike occurred in the Babar Raghzai area of North Waziristan and also wounded two people,...
  • Troops kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan: officials

    12/11/2009 1:32:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 360+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/11/09 | AFP
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) Pakistan's military on Friday killed 20 insurgents in operations against Taliban strongholds, as the prime minister warned that militants were striking back with attacks in big cities. Armed forces this year launched multiple operations across the northwest tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, the stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban and a haven for Al-Qaeda fighters and other militants. In Orakzai district in the centre of the tribal belt, nine militants were killed and two hideouts destroyed in airstrikes on the villages of Ghiljo and Mamoonzai, paramilitary force spokesman major Fazalur Rehman told AFP. The UN said Friday that...
  • 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...
  • At least 8 killed as US drone fired two missiles in North Waziristan

    11/20/2009 4:09:26 AM PST · by csvset · 12 replies · 491+ views
    A suspected US drone aircraft fired two missiles in North Waziristan on Friday, killing eight people, the second such attack this week. Eight militants were killed in a US missile strike in northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said. The United States has carried out 45 attacks with its pilotless, missile-firing aircraft in northwest Pakistan this year as its forces in neighbouring Afghanistan have faced an intensifying Taliban insurgency.
  • Pakistan seizes main Taliban bases (in South Waziristan)

    11/17/2009 8:15:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 382+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/09 | Kamran Haider
    SARAROGHA, Pakistan (Reuters) Pakistani forces have captured most main Taliban bases in their offensive in South Waziristan and will soon fan out into the rugged countryside to hunt for militants there, commanders said on Tuesday. Soldiers have advanced faster than expected in their month-long offensive, seizing main roads and Taliban bases but militant leaders have apparently melted away while their bombers have unleashed carnage in towns. The United States, weighing options for how to turn an intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan, has welcomed the offensive but is keen to see Pakistan tackle Afghan Taliban factions based in lawless enclaves along...
  • Taliban leader 'flees Pakistan' (SWAT Taliban founder Maulana Fazlullah)

    11/17/2009 8:10:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 589+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/17/09 | Hai Kakar
    One of the most wanted Taliban leaders in Pakistan has escaped to Afghanistan and is planning new attacks on Pakistani forces, he has told the BBC. Maulana Fazlullah founded the Swat Taliban to enforce a hardline version of Islamic law. The government at first accepted his demands, but later accused the militants of reneging on a peace deal and sent troops into the valley. Maulana Fazlullah was said by officials to have been wounded or killed in July. Threats "I have reached Afghanistan safely," Maulana Fazlullah told BBC Urdu. "We are soon going to launch full-fledged punitive raids against the...
  • 7 killed in blast at spy agency in NW Pakistan (ISI headquarters in Peshawar)

    11/12/2009 7:05:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 753+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/12/09 | Riaz Khan - ap
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan Authorities say seven people have been killed and 35 wounded in a bomb blast outside the headquarters of Pakistan's spy agency in the northwest. The attack Friday took place in the city of Peshawar.
  • Pakistani army enters final militant stronghold (Makeen,hometown of deceased Baitullah Mehsud)

    11/06/2009 8:09:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 221+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/09 | Asif Shahzad - ap
    ISLAMABAD The Pakistani army entered the last of three militant strongholds targeted by a major offensive in the northwest on Friday, as gunmen wounded a senior army officer and a soldier in the capital. The operation in South Waziristan, the main Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuary in Pakistan, has sparked a wave of retaliatory attacks that have killed about 300 civilians and security forces in the past month. The shooting in Islamabad was the third such attack in about two weeks. The militants hope the attacks will weaken the army's resolve as it pushes deeper into the isolated, mountainous region...
  • US jihadi: North Waziristan 'bustling' with 'Foreign Mujahideen'

    11/03/2009 10:50:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 704+ views
    Long War Journal - Threat Matrix ^ | October 27, 2009 8:43 PM | Bill Roggio
    Here is an interesting tidbit of information from the charge sheet against David Coleman Headley, the US jihadi indicted for plotting attacks in Denmark. Headley traveled to North Waziristan and afterward offered his view on the number of al Qaeda and other foreign jihadis in the tribal agencies' largest towns (in response to a think tank survey that said a significant number of people in the northwest approved of the Predator attacks against al Qaeda):
  • Pakistan takes Taliban stronghold (the town of Kaniguram in South Waziristan)

    11/02/2009 12:43:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 666+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/2/09 | BBC
    Pakistani forces say they have seized control of the town of Kaniguram in South Waziristan, one of the Taliban's key regional strongholds. The army said it had full control of the town, the latest capture in an offensive against militants that began in South Waziristan on 17 October. The offensive has sparked a string of suicide bomb attacks. About 35 people were killed in an attack in Rawalpindi and seven were injured on the outskirts of Lahore. Rewards offered Military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas, in the capital Islamabad, said that the Kaniguram area had been "completely cleared of terrorists"....
  • Hundreds of foreign militants (mostly Uzbeks, some Chechen and Arabs) on run: Pakistan army

    11/01/2009 5:01:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,003+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/09 | AFP
    SHERWANGI, Pakistan (AFP) Hundreds of foreign fighters were on the run in this battle-scarred region near Afghanistan Sunday, the military said, pressing a major offensive into a third week. Between 600 and 800 foreign militants had been in around Kanigurram town but their resistance was broken by heavy bombing from jet fighters, helicopters and artillery, Brigadier Mohammad Ihsan told reporters on a visit to the normally closed conflict area. Commanders have described Kanigurram as a major Tehreek-e-Taliban "operational centre" and base for Uzbek fighters. "They are on the run," Ihsan said. The foreigners were mostly Uzbeks but also Chechens...
  • Pakistan zeroes in on major Taliban bases

    11/01/2009 9:08:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/09 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) Pakistani forces are zeroing in on two major Taliban bases in South Waziristan region as their offensive pushes deeper into militant bastion on the Afghan border, the military said on Sunday. The army launched a major assault in South Waziristan on September 17 to seize control of the lawless land after a string of attacks by militants, including a stunning assault on the army headquarters that killed more than 150 people. The offensive is a major test for the Pakistani government and the military to stem the rising tide of Islamist militancy and is being closely followed...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • 42 militants killed as Pakistan presses offensive

    10/27/2009 9:14:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 264+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/27/09 | Asif Shahzad - ap
    ISLAMABAD Pakistan's army pushed deeper into a Taliban sanctuary close to the Afghan border Tuesday, claiming to have killed 42 militants in the latest stage of an offensive against extremists blamed for relentless attacks in recent weeks . In the capital, gunmen attacked a high-ranking Pakistani army officer in the second targeted shooting against top military brass in less than a week, part of a wave of violence sweeping the country in apparent retaliation for the 11-day long offensive in South Waziristan. The army officer, and his mother who was traveling with him, escaped unhurt from the assault in...
  • Army captures Pakistani Taliban leader's hometown (Kotkai)

    10/24/2009 8:55:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 584+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/09 | Asif Shahzad - ap
    ISLAMABAD Soldiers captured the strategically located hometown of Pakistan's Taliban chief Saturday after fierce fighting, officials said, the army's first major prize as it pushes deeper into a militant stronghold along the Afghan border. A suspected U.S. missile killed 22 people elsewhere in the northwest, but apparently missed a top Taliban figure, authorities said. Pakistan's eight-day-old offensive in the Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold of South Waziristan is considered its most critical test yet in the campaign to stop the spread of violent Islamist extremism in this nuclear-armed, U.S.-allied country. The army operation has prompted a wave of retaliatory attacks...
  • Mine kills 16 (wedding guests) in Pakistan as bombers strike again

    10/23/2009 9:50:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 486+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/09 | AFP
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) A mine killed 16 wedding guests in Pakistan's tribal belt on Friday while a suicide bomber targeted an air force base, inflicting another reverse on the military in its war on the Taliban. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in the northwestern city of Peshawar, wounding 15 and underlining the threat to civilians in a nation where more than 190 people have died during Taliban-linked attacks in 19 days. The explosion ripped through the wedding party minibus in the Sorandara area of Mohmand, where security forces have been pressing an offensive against Islamist rebels for...
  • Pakistan says 60 militants killed; Taliban says it pushed back troops

    10/18/2009 2:53:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 520+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 18, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
    Conflicting reports emerge a day after thousands of soldiers launched an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in South Waziristan. 'We have not been weakened,' a Taliban spokesman says.Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan - On the second day of Pakistan's major offensive to uproot the Taliban from tribal areas along the Afghan border, the military claimed to have killed 60 militants, while the Taliban countered that it had fended off the troops' initial surge. Wildly differing interpretations of progress being made on both sides are expected to continue as the military pushes forward with its most crucial ground operation so...