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Taliban No. 2 Killed in Drone Strike: Pakistan

Officials condemn North Waziristan attack

(Newser) - A suspected US drone strike assassinated the Pakistani Taliban's No. 2 commander today, according to multiple reports sourced to Pakistani intelligence. Officials tell the AP that their informants on the ground saw Waliur Rehman 's body firsthand, while others say intercepted Taliban communications confirmed the kill. But a... More »

Afghans: Haqqani Son Is Dead

Scion Badruddin Haqqani reported killed in US drone strike

(Newser) - Afghanistan's intelligence agency said today its operatives have confirmed that the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan, even as the Taliban vowed that he was alive and well. A spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said... More »

Taliban Bans Polio Vaccines Until US Drone Strikes End

North Waziristan commander halts vaccines in region

(Newser) - The Taliban has decided to use Pakistan's kids in the fight to end US drone strikes. It announced that it has banned polio vaccines in North Waziristan until said strikes are ended. "Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes,... More »

In Pakistan, Ravaged al-Qaeda Looks to Rebound

Few leaders left, but always new recruits in dangerous region

(Newser) - With the killing of al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi last week, al-Qaeda is down to just eight hardcore leaders in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, down from dozens a few years ago, reports Reuters in a look at the once-formidable group. Finances have dried up, too, and many members of the... More »

Swiss Couple Claims to Have Escaped Taliban

Taliban say ransom paid, prisoners exchanged

(Newser) - A Swiss couple kidnapped by the Taliban while vacationing in Pakistan last July turned up at a Pakistani army post today. The Taliban say a ransom was paid, but David Och and Daniela Widmer claim they escaped, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The couple had appeared in a Taliban video... More »

Victims of US Strikes in Pakistan: Mostly Militants

But drone critics say covert program still needs greater oversight

(Newser) - The Pakistani public widely believes that American drone strikes there overwhelmingly hit civilians, not militants. However, an investigation of the 10 deadliest attacks over the past 18 months in the main militant region along the Afghan border shows that 70% of those killed were militants, according to an investigation by... More »

US Kills Taliban Commander With al-Qaeda Ties

Drone strike indicates again that drones are back in action in Pakistan.

(Newser) - A US drone fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal region today, killing five suspected militants, according to intelligence officials. The Taliban identified one of them as Badar Mansoor, a prominent commander who has served as a key link to al-Qaeda. Mansoor led a group of... More »

US Restarts Drone Attacks, Kills 4 in Pakistan Strike

Officials insist there was no moratorium

(Newser) - The US' drone war in Pakistan is back on. The US launched its first strike last night since a November attack that killed 28 Pakistani soldiers and ratcheted the already fraught tensions between the two nations to a new high. The attack hit a North Waziristan home just before midnight,... More »

As US Twists Arm, Pakistan Eyes Taliban Crackdown

Signs mount that attack on Taliban militants is forthcoming

(Newser) - Signs are mounting that Pakistan may soon launch an attack on the tribal region of North Waziristan, a stronghold for Afghan Taliban militants and al-Qaeda. The US is increasing pressure on Pakistan to help eradicate Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, with an invasion of North Waziristan being a chief goal. But... More »

Deadly US Drone Attack Worsens Pakistan Tension

American strike kills at least 20 in North Waziristan

(Newser) - Pakistan has been pressing the US to ease off on its drone attacks, and the Pentagon made clear today it has no intention of doing so. A strike on an al-Qaeda haven in North Waziristan killed about two dozen people, reports the BBC , including at least five women and four... More »

Pakistan Forces Kill 54 Militants

Three troops also killed in firefight near Afghan border

(Newser) - Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships and jets killed 54 alleged militants in a much-contested region near the Afghan border, a government official said today. Three troops also died in the clashes. Pakistani troops were doing routine patrolling in the Mohmand tribal region when they came under attack, according... More »

20,000 Flee Pakistani Border Offensive

Army cracks down on Mohmand province al-Qaeda fighters

(Newser) - A huge Pakistani army offensive against militants in the tribal region of Mohmand near the Afghan border has forced 20,000 to 25,000 people to flee their homes, officials and witnesses tell the BBC . The assault has been going on for a week now, and has killed 60 to... More »

CIA Drones Batter Pakistan Militants

'Fast and furious' drone campaign hits Qaeda, Taliban hard

(Newser) - Stepped-up CIA drone attacks in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have hit al-Qaeda and the Taliban hard in recent months, forcing many militants to retreat to mountain tunnels and placing the Haqqani leaders under increasing pressure. Bombardment of the militant stronghold has become "fast and furious" this year,... 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 »

US Missiles Kill 5 in Pakistan

Strike is second this week in militant stronghold

(Newser) - A pair of US missiles yesterday killed five militants in a Pakistani border community, according to a local intelligence official. Some were foreigners living in a village in North Waziristan, an al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold, the official said. US drones had been circulating for hours and delivered the missiles after... More »

Latest US Strike Kills 12 in Pakistan Border Region

9 suspected militants among casualties

(Newser) - Another US airstrike today killed at least 12 people in the Pakistani province of North Waziristan, sources tell the BBC, backing off original estimates of 20 casualties. “Most were foreigners,” an official told AFP, and nine are suspected of having been Islamic militants. Taliban fighters use the area... More »

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