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October 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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November 30, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
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.
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October 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Militant attacks killed six Pakistani security forces today, officials said, a day after the local Taliban chief warned of strikes across Pakistan if the army did not stop a major offensive along the Afghan border. The army moved into South Waziristan vowing to crush the Pakistani Taliban, a militant network it says is behind 80% of the suicide bombings in Pakistan. Washington backs the operation because the militants are believed to shelter Al Qaeda leaders and to attack Western troops in Afghanistan.
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November 23, 1986 | Associated Press
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.
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January 18, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
WORLD
September 2, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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April 5, 2009 | Associated Press
An American U.N. worker abducted more than two months ago turned up Saturday, lying alongside a road in western Pakistan with his hands and feet bound, pleading "Help me," said the man who found him. John Solecki was found in a village 30 miles south of Quetta near the Afghan border after his captors called a local news agency to tell them where to look, officials said. Mohammed Anwar, who owns a restaurant along the main highway to Karachi, said he found Solecki in the dirt near a wall.
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April 5, 2009 | Associated Press
At least 62 people suffocated in the back of a truck packed with illegal migrants, and dozens were rescued unconscious after Pakistani police acting on a tip opened the vehicle Saturday near the Afghan border. Rasool Bakhsh, a senior Pakistani police official in the city of Quetta, said the truck carrying a shipping container entered Pakistan from Afghanistan and was headed for Iran. He said most of the victims were Afghans.
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September 5, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
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.
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