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He Wanted Malala Dead, Is Now Dead Himself

Afghan official says US drone strike killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah

(Newser) - A US drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday. In a telephone interview, Mohammad Radmanish said Fazlullah and two other insurgents were killed early... More »

Despite Threats on Her Life, Malala Returns to Pakistan

'I am already doing work there but I want my feet to touch that land'

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai has returned to the country where she was shot and almost killed six years ago for campaigning for girls' education—and where Taliban militants have vowed to finish the job if she ever comes back. The 20-year-old activist, who was 15 when she was shot along with two... More »

Pakistan Frees Cleric Who Helped Taliban Fight US

Court freed Sufi Mohammed on health grounds

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-US cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. Defense lawyer Fida Gul says the court set Sufi Mohammad free on health grounds, the AP reports. Mohammad,... More »

US May Get Sued for Dronestrike on Taliban Chief

His driver's family says he was innocent, seeking legal action

(Newser) - A DNA test has confirmed that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike, Pakistan's interior ministry said Sunday, as the family of a driver killed in the strike sought legal action. On Sunday, the family of Mansour's driver—identified as Mohammed Azam—... More »

Taliban Faction: We Sent Easter Bomber

Death toll in Pakistan attack hits 70

(Newser) - A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a sickening attack that killed scores of people in a park on Easter Sunday. A spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar tells the AP that the group was deliberately targeting Christians when it sent a suicide bomber to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in... More »

US Drone Strike Killed Afghan ISIS Leader: Report

Shahidullah Shahid used to be a Taliban spokesman until they kicked him out

(Newser) - A senior ISIS leader in Afghanistan was killed in a US drone strike Tuesday in the Nangarhar province, an Afghan news channel reports, per USA Today . "It was confirmed today that a senior leader of (ISIS) for Khorasan region, Shahidullah Shahid, has been killed in a drone strike,"... More »

Ambassadors, Wives Killed in Pakistan Helicopter Crash

Taliban claims it shot down aircraft full of envoys

(Newser) - The ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia were killed today when an army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries made a crash landing in the country's north, the military says. An army spokesman says the Mi-17 helicopter made the... More »

Pakistan Makes Arrests in School Massacre

Numerous 'facilitators' in custody, government says

(Newser) - Pakistan isn't just killing militants by the dozen after last week's school massacre , it's arresting some as well. The country's interior minister says "quite a few" people "who were facilitators in one way or the other" are now in custody over the attack that... More »

On Heels of School Massacre, Pakistan Kills Dozens

67 militant deaths include 32 killed in ambush

(Newser) - Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said today, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people—most of them children—in a school massacre that stunned the country and brought cries for retaliation. The military says ground forces killed... More »

Pakistan Buries 132 Children, Vows Revenge

Even Afghan Taliban condemn Peshawar massacre

(Newser) - "We will take revenge for each and every drop of our children's blood," Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed as funerals began for 132 children slaughtered in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar yesterday. Sharif said there would be three days of national mourning for... More »

'My Dream Has Been Killed': 100 Pakistan Kids Massacred

Gunmen stormed Peshawar military school

(Newser) - At least 145 people, more than 100 of them children and teenagers, are dead in a massacre today after nine Taliban gunmen rampaged through a Pakistani public military school in what's being called the worst such attack in years. The chaotic scene in Peshawar began early today with militants,... More »

Militants Launch Fresh Onslaught at Pakistan Airport

Gunmen attack airport security academy

(Newser) - Gunmen have launched a fresh assault on Pakistan's biggest airport just two days after a Taliban attack left dozens of people dead. Officials say security forces are battling militants who attacked a security training facility at Karachi airport from two directions, the AP reports. All flights have been suspended... More »

Goal of Taliban Airport Assault: Hijack Plane, Mayhem

But Karachi gunfight ends sooner than militants expected

(Newser) - Last night's five-hour gunfight at Pakistan's biggest airport, which ended with at least 27 dead including the 10 militants who stormed the airport, does in fact appear to have been an attempt by the Pakistani Taliban to hijack a passenger plane. A Pakistani military spokesperson initially denied that... More »

US Reining In Drone Strikes in Pakistan—Maybe

But White House official denies claim

(Newser) - With Pakistan looking to forge peace with the Pakistani Taliban, the US is reducing its drone strikes in the country at Islamabad's request, US officials tell the Washington Post : "That’s what they asked for, and we didn't tell them no." The Post sees the fact... More »

Malala's Book Banned at Pakistan Schools

Officials: she's a 'tool' of the West

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban and lived to tell the tale—but her peers in Pakistan, at least those who are privately educated, won't be reading it in school. The teen education activist's book, I Am Malala , has been banned in Pakistani private schools, officials say.... More »

Pakistani Taliban's New Boss: Guy Who Targeted Malala

Council appoints Mullah Fazlullah

(Newser) - The Pakistani Taliban needed a new leader after its last chief was killed in a drone strike , and it has chosen the hardline commander who targeted Malala Yousafzai. Mullah Fazlullah's men tried to assassinate the education activist last year, and he will be the "new ameer," a... More »

US Strike on Taliban Leader Kills Peace Efforts: Pakistan

Militants said to have picked new chief

(Newser) - Seeking peace, Pakistani officials were due to meet with Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud today—a day after the US reportedly killed him in a drone attack . Now, Pakistani officials are expressing outrage over the strike, and they've summoned the US ambassador to make their views known, the BBC... More »

US Drones Kill Taliban Chief: Officials

Hakimullah Mehsud goes down in strike a day after peace talks begin

(Newser) - A US drone has taken out Hakimullah Mehsud , the head of the Pakistani Taliban, along with four other suspected militants, US and Pakistani officials tell the AP . Mehsud has been near the top of the CIA's most wanted list thanks to his alleged role in a December 2009 suicide... More »

How a US Raid Destroyed a Secret Afghan Alliance

NYT: Afghanistan was trying to team up with Pakistan Taliban

(Newser) - A few weeks ago, US Special Forces in Afghanistan got a tip and descended on a convoy en route to Kabul. In one car: senior Pakistan Taliban militant Latif Mehsud. The US confirmed his capture more than two weeks ago, but it's the basis of a meaty New York ... More »

Everyone Loves Pakistan's Malala ... Except Pakistan

Many in her home country think she's a CIA agent

(Newser) - Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been on a whirlwind book tour of the US, winning hearts and minds with her courageous story of sticking up for women's education in her native Pakistan, then surviving being shot in the head by a Taliban assassin last year. Yesterday, Malala met with President... More »

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