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Pakistan Cleared Deadly Hit: US

Pakistan said it had no forces in area when airstrikes were called

(Newser) - Pakistan officials were unaware they had forces in the area and gave the OK for US airstrikes last week that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, according to the American account of the worst friendly fire killing in the 10-year Afghanistan war, reports the Wall Street Journal . US forces in Afghanistan were... More »

US Defers $800M in Military Aid to Pakistan

Move an effort to get Pakistan to step up anti-terrorism fight

(Newser) - The United States is yanking about $800 million of its annual $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan, in an effort to force Pakistan to step up its anti-terrorism fight as relations between the two nations continue to deteriorate, reports the New York Times . Programs affected include $300 million to... More »

US: Pakistan Tipped Off Militants Again

US watched as bombmakers packed up a day after alerting Pakistan

(Newser) - One begins to wonder if Pakistan isn't deliberately thumbing its nose at the United States: In its latest diplomatic blunder, sources tell the AP that it again tipped off—whether intentionally or accidentally—militants at two bomb-making factories, giving them time to flee with their weapons before an army... More »

Pakistan Cops to ‘Shortcomings’ in bin Laden Hunt

Even as army orders reduction in US forces, as some question legality of raid

(Newser) - Pakistan's army today admitted to "shortcomings in developing intelligence on the presence" of Osama bin Laden, then promptly ordered a reduction in US military in the country to "minimum essential" levels. The reduction is apparently meant to protest the independent US raid on bin Laden's compound,... More »

NATO Supply Trucks Torched in Pakistan

Attack comes a day after blockade

(Newser) - Gunmen set fire to more than two dozen NATO supply trucks this morning in southern Pakistan, just a day after Pakistani authorities blocked the main supply route into Afghanistan. Attacks on supply trucks are fairly common, but the blockade made the trucks especially easy targets this time. “Around 20... More »

Times Square Bomb Suspect Is Pakistan Army Major

Authorities think he knew about it

(Newser) - Pakistani authorities have arrested an army major they believe knew about the Times Square bombing attempt but didn't tell anyone. Some suspect the man actually aided the plotters as well. “We don't know yet how much of a role he had, if any,” says a US anti-terror official.... More »

Pakistani Taliban Leader Reported Dead

Army probes reports that drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud

(Newser) - The Pakistani army is investigating reports that the leader of the Taliban in the country has died after being injured in an American military drone strike. Hakimullah Mehsud, 28, had been at the helm of the Pakistani Taliban for 5 months, having taken over after the death—also in a... More »

Pakistan Drives Taliban From S. Waziristan

Militants regroup further north in a different district

(Newser) - Good news from Pakistan's prime minister in the fight against the Taliban—the army has driven the militants from South Waziristan after a 3-month campaign. The bad news: The Taliban appear to have regrouped a little further north in a district called Orakza, reports BBC . "The operation in South... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan Blast

Suicide bomber duo injure 40 near bank

(Newser) - A pair of suicide bomb blasts rocked Pakistan today, killing at least 26 people. Two bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up near a queue outside a Rawalpindi bank close to army headquarters, injuring 60, many of them women and children. "There were many people lying on the ground with... More »

US Secretly Speeds Pakistan Military Aid

Washington funnels helicopters, arms, technology for Taliban fight

(Newser) - The Pakistani government keeps insisting that the US has little to no role in its offensive in Taliban-controlled border regions—but out of sight, Washington has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of arms and equipment to the country's forces this year. President Obama himself intervened at one point... More »

In Pakistan Battle Zone, Few Back Army

Hatred of Taliban doesn't translate into support for government

(Newser) - Pakistan is stepping up its US-supported offensive against the Taliban in the country's lawless northwest, but military victories may be fleeting in the face of a greater challenge: winning the support of local people. In the border region near Afghanistan, the Washington Post finds that refugees fear reprisals by the... More »

Brigadier Assassinated in Islamabad

Head of UN mission killed as army pushes into Taliban heartland

(Newser) - A top army officer was gunned down in the Pakistani capital today as the military continued to push into the Taliban's Waziristan sanctuary. Brigadier Moinudin Ahmed, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, was shot dead  along with his driver by suspected militants on a motorbike as their jeep... More »

Pakistan Army Launches Assault on Taliban

Military readies all-out offensive on militants' South Waziristan stronghold

(Newser) - More than 30,000 Pakistani soldiers launched a major assault on the Taliban's sanctuary in Waziristan early today, following months of airstrikes intended to soften up militant defenses. Officials have given few details but said the troops are pursuing militants holed up in the region. Civilians have been evacuated from... More »

New Pakistan Bomb Kills 41

Fourth terror attack in a week rocks nation

(Newser) - Yet another massive bomb has struck a market in Pakistan, this time killing 41 people. The blast in the Shangla district is the fourth terrorist attack in just over a week. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out before an expected US-backed offensive in the al-Qaeda and... More »

Pakistan Army Likely Behind Widespread Swat Killings

Military says deaths due to locals settling scores

(Newser) - Pakistan’s army took over the Swat Valley two months ago, ending Taliban control of the region—but lately, violence has swept the streets, with hundreds of bodies reportedly strewn about, the New York Times reports. The military says it’s a matter of revenge killings between locals, but human... More »

Taliban Surrenders in Swat

Maulana Fazlullah either surrounded or arrested as Pakistani offensive continues

(Newser) - A Taliban-controlled pirate radio station announced the militant group's surrender in the Swat Valley, after yet another key leader was said to have been arrested by the Pakistani military, the Telegraph reports. Though some reports claim that Maulana Fazlullah is surrounded by Pakistani forces, sources tell the Telegraph that he... More »

Pakistan Nabs Voice of Taliban in Swat Valley

(Newser) - Pakistani soldiers arrested the spokesman for the Taliban in the Swat Valley and four other commanders, striking the first direct blow against the leadership of the insurgency in the one-time tourist resort. The capture of spokesman Muslim Khan and the others could be a big blow to the Taliban's hopes... More »

US Strike Kills Wife of Pakistan Taliban Chief

(Newser) - A US missile strike today in Pakistan's lawless tribal region killed a wife of Baitullah Mehsud, the Taliban commander, the AP reports. Mehsud has been accused of orchestrating dozens of suicide attacks in Pakistan, including the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto in December 2007. The US, as usual, did... More »

Bin Laden Rips Pakistani Leaders as 'Satan's Allies'

He blames Obama for fighting

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's most recent rant slams Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistani soldiers as "allies of Satan," and he calls on Paiistanis to join the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces fighting in the Swat Valley, reports the NY Daily News. Bid Laden blamed Barak Obama for... More »

Pakistan Launches Operation to Kill Taliban Leader

Baitullah Mehsud blamed for several recent attacks

(Newser) - Pakistan is launching a manhunt for Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud—branded "the root cause of all evils," by one official—in its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Pakistan officials blame Mehsud's group for a string of recent attacks, the BBC reports. The heavy military offensive is expected to please... More »

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