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Senior Pakistani Taliban commander gunned down in North Waziristan

Unknown gunmen on Monday killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had a government bounty on his head, officials and family said, in what is seen as a case of internal rivalry. Asmatullah Shaheen, who was believed to be in his mid-40s and a former interim chief of…

Pakistani anti-drone activist kidnapped just days before his scheduled European testimony

The family of a kidnapped Pakistani anti-drone campaigner spoke Tuesday of their fears for his safety, as his lawyer accused the government of wanting to make an example of him. Kareem Khan was picked up by the security forces from his home in the outskirts of Islamabad on February 5,…

Pakistani women stopped from voting in Taliban stronghold of Waziristan

Women were stopped from voting in Pakistan’s elections on Saturday in the northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan, a notorious Taliban stronghold, residents said. North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous districts on the rugged border with Afghanistan which are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants. Tribesmen were informed…

Pakistan ‘Al-Qaeda chief’ killed by US drone

US missiles on Thursday killed Al-Qaeda’s chief in Pakistan, one of the Americans’ main targets in the volatile country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people, officials said. Badar Mansoor, who reputedly sent fighters to Afghanistan and ran a training camp in North Waziristan, was killed in a…

U.S. drone strike kills four in Pakistan: officials

A US drone fired missiles into a vehicle, killing four militantsMonday in Pakistan’s Taliban and Al-Qaeda hub of North Waziristan that hugs the Afghan border, security officials said. It was only the third such US attack reported in the nuclear-armed state so far this year, following a moratorium after US firepower inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, plunging…

NATO choppers violated air space: Pakistan officials

Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the Taliban and Haqqanistronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. “Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday),” a military official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The helicopters flew in from…

Pakistani officials doubt US killed Al-Qaeda no. 2

Pakistani security officials expressed doubt on Sunday over reports from the United States that it had killed the Al-Qaeda second-in-command near the Afghan border. A senior US official said on Saturday that Atiyah abd al-Rahman had been killed in the northwest tribal area of Waziristan on August 22, without divulging…

U.S. drones kill eight militants in Pakistan: officials

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – US missiles killed eight militants in separate strikes Wednesday on Pakistan’s lawless tribal district, an insurgent stronghold along the Afghan border, security officials said. Washington has called Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the most dangerous place on Earth and the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, where Taliban…

Suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, 38 killed

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A U.S. drone missile strike on Thursday killed at least 38 suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region known as a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said. There were conflicting accounts about the target of the attack and those killed in…

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