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October 28, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
To find the office of the prosecutor in charge of putting Islamabad's bomb builders and terrorist masterminds behind bars, visitors must wend their way through the midday bustle of shoppers and descend into a dingy basement alcove, next to the Valley Tour travel agency. There, Mohammed Tayyab will confess that he isn't at all proud of his track record. He has handled 45 cases in the last year. He has won just four. "It's very low ? I admit it," Tayyab says, heaving a sigh.
September 30, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Alex Rodriguez and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Pakistan's closure of a key border crossing to NATO supply convoys Thursday demonstrates the risks to the Obama administration as it adopts a more aggressive strategy to deal with Afghan insurgents that operate from Pakistani territory. The shutting of the border to NATO convoys came after Pakistani military officials said two of the alliance's helicopters crossed into Pakistan's Kurram tribal region along the Afghan border before dawn Thursday and fired on paramilitary troops at the Mandata Kandaho border patrol post.
July 26, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau, Reporting from Washington
The White House late Sunday condemned the leaking of what appear to be about 90,000 U.S. military records, as a handful of international media organizations that received access to the documents began to disclose their account of the war in Afghanistan. In a statement, President Obama's national security advisor, Marine Gen. James L. Jones, deplored the "disclosure of classified information" that he said could put the lives of Americans and U.S. partners at risk and threaten the nation's security.
July 9, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
Suicide bomb explosions tore through a busy market Friday in a volatile tribal region of Pakistan, killing more than 65 people in an attack that illustrated the Taliban's potency despite several recent military offensives against the insurgents. The blasts took place in the village of Yakka Ghund outside the offices of a senior administrator for the Mohmand tribal region, police said. At least 112 people were injured. Authorities said one of the bombers was on a motorcycle and the other detonated a Toyota Corolla sedan filled with explosives.
June 16, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. has spent nine years and billions of dollars trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden amid the rugged, lawless badlands along the Pakistani-Afghan border. But according to Pakistani officials and his own family, Gary Brooks Faulkner of Denver thought he could get the job done himself, with a pistol, a dagger and night-vision goggles. Faulkner talked with family members about his quest, and at Denver International Airport on May 30 he was asked what his family should do if he came back from Pakistan in a body bag. Faulkner, 50, and his younger brother Scott discussed Gary's desire for cremation.
June 6, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
For anyone who has thumbed through a military magazine or seen television commercials on the Sunday morning news programs, Army Staff Sgt. Mark A. Stets Jr. was the face of courage. He was one of several soldiers who appeared in a recent Lockheed Martin Corp. advertising campaign, and sitting atop a rocket launcher in combat gear and camouflage, he is the portrait of determination. His wife, Nina, would tease him when the commercial appeared, as it did in a Super Bowl broadcast a few years ago. But his family and friends said the idealized image of a dedicated, brave soldier was remarkably true to the real man. "He was a wonderful man," his wife said.
May 7, 2010
Richard A. Serrano and Christi Parsons Tribune Washington Bureau Alex Rodriguez Los Angeles Times Washington…Senior Obama administration officials said Thursday they have obtained assurances from Pakistan that it will help bring to justice any collaborators in last weekend's attempted Times Square bombing, and that suspect Faisal Shahzad continues to provide information about militant activities in that country. "We are pushing all the right buttons that you would expect us to push to try to understand what happens in Pakistan and how that related to the actions taken by the American citizen last weekend,"" said Philip J. Crowley, an assistant secretary of state.
April 6, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez
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.
April 5, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Three people were killed as four powerful bombs exploded in quick succession Monday close to the U.S. Consulate in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police and witnesses said. Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack. "Americans are our enemies. We carried out the attack on their consulate in Peshawar. We plan more such attacks," Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location. Gunfire was briefly heard close to the heavily guarded and fortified building in Peshawar, said police officer Aziz Khan.
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