August 4, 2008 |
Al Qaeda confirmed the death of a top commander accused of training the suicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors on the destroyer Cole eight years ago off the coast of Yemen. An Al Qaeda statement posted on the Internet said Abu Khabab Masri and three other top figures were killed but did not say when, where or how. Pakistani authorities have said they believe Masri is one of six people killed in an airstrike July 28 on a compound in South Waziristan, a lawless tribal region near the Afghan border.
October 20, 2008 |
Pakistani forces killed as many as 30 militants near the Afghan border as the region's chief minister told a U.S. diplomat that he wanted to resolve problems there through dialogue. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher traveled to the city of Peshawar to meet North-West Frontier Province chief Amir Haider Khan Hoti, according to a statement from Hoti. The visit comes amid strains between the nations over apparent U.S. missile attacks on militant targets on the Pakistani side of the border.
November 30, 2008 |
What was believed to be a U.S. drone aircraft fired a missile at a house in the militancy-plagued Pakistani region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border, killing two people, security agency officials said. A security agent and a Taliban militant confirmed the strike and the death toll at the house in the village of Chashma. There was no immediate information about the identity of those killed. Security has deteriorated sharply in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, seven years after U.S. soldiers and their Afghan allies drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in the weeks after the Sept.
August 22, 2009 |
A U.S. missile strike targeted a Taliban commander blamed for masterminding ambushes on American troops in Afghanistan, the latest assault by unmanned aircraft in northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials said. It was unclear whether Siraj Haqqani, who also has close ties to Al Qaeda, was among the 12 people killed in the house in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, the officials said. Siraj is the son of senior Taliban leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, who was supported by U.S. and Pakistani aid when he fought in the 1980s against Soviet troops occupying Afghanistan.
November 23, 1986 |
Five Soviet army deserters have been brought to Canada in a secret government mission after being held captive by Afghan rebels for about three years, it was reported Saturday. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney confirmed that the five are "safe and sound" in Canada, and said further information would be released this week. Officials said Canadian officials will speak to Soviet diplomats about the mission.
April 6, 2010 |
Taliban militants reeling from American and Pakistani attacks launched a sophisticated raid on the heavily guarded U.S. Consulate in Peshawar on Monday, killing at least five security personnel in suicide bomb blasts and barrages of grenades and automatic gunfire. The midday attack failed to penetrate the facility in the volatile city near the Afghan border, and none of the staff members were injured or killed. The consulate is instrumental in channeling millions of dollars in U.S. aid into Pakistan's impoverished tribal areas and the Swat Valley region, part of Washington's long-term strategy aimed at eliminating support for the Taliban.
January 18, 1987 |
Afghan guerrilla leaders, cheered by a crowd shouting "Death to the Russians," vowed Saturday to step up their war against the Communist regime in their homeland and said they will form a provisional Afghan government. They formally rejected the cease-fire declared by the Soviet-backed Kabul government, denouncing this and the government's national reconciliation offer as a ploy to legitimize Soviet control of their country.
September 2, 2009 |
Government forces destroyed four militant bases and killed 40 insurgents Tuesday in a new offensive near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass, the main route for supplies to Western troops in Afghanistan, authorities said. The offensive follows a suicide blast in the region last week that killed 19 police officers at a key border crossing. Tariq Hayat Khan, the top administrator in Khyber, told reporters that 40 militants were killed and 43 were arrested. The four destroyed bases belonged to the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, he said.
September 5, 2011 |
A decade ago, Peshawar's bomb squad had it pretty easy. Occasionally, one of its 20 members would be dispatched to a cornfield to defuse a mine planted by a villager who was feuding with his neighbor. Bombs were small and crude; the only tools an officer needed were pliers and a roll of electrical tape. Because their budget was minuscule, the officers traveled by taxi. Today, the squad careens through week after week of carnage and peril in this volatile city near the Afghan border.