October 30, 2001 |
The Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan said Monday that thousands of armed volunteers camped at the border in northwestern Pakistan are not needed yet inside Afghanistan because "we already have plenty of moujahedeen on the front line." The arrival of thousands more fighters in a makeshift convoy of trucks and buses, Taliban Ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef said, "will create congestion on the roads and increase the chances of mass casualties from an airstrike."
January 12, 2009 |
Hundreds of militants crossed over from Afghanistan to attack a Pakistani military outpost Sunday, officials said, in an illustration of the merging of the Taliban insurgency on the two sides of the border. The attack pointed up the growing boldness of militants in the lawless tribal areas abutting Afghanistan as Pakistan has diverted some forces to the frontier with India.
November 12, 2010 |
A suicide truck bombing Thursday brought down a police building and surrounding structures in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, killing at least 20 people in an attack that underscored the militants' resilience despite military offensives in their strongholds. The target was the Crime Investigation Department headquarters, in a heavily secured neighborhood less than 100 yards from the provincial chief minister's residence and not far from the U.S. consulate. The powerful blast created a 10-foot-wide crater in the ground and destroyed the CID building, along with several nearby residential buildings.
December 25, 2010 |
A suicide bomber dressed in an all-enveloping burka struck a crowded food distribution center in Pakistan's volatile tribal region Saturday, killing at least 42 people and injuring more than 60 others, officials said. The attack in the town of Khar, the administrative center of the Bajaur tribal area, came amid ongoing fighting between Pakistan security forces and insurgents in the region bordering Afghanistan. A major clash in the neighboring Mohmand tribal area about 24 hours earlier had left 11 troops and about two dozen militants dead.
January 14, 2006 |
A U.S. airstrike on a suspected Al Qaeda compound in a remote region of Pakistan targeted Osama bin Laden's second in command, U.S. officials said Friday, adding that they were investigating the possibility that the Egyptian militant had been killed. The CIA and other counter-terrorism agencies would not comment officially on speculation that Ayman Zawahiri was among a handful of suspected senior Al Qaeda militants killed in the airstrike in the Bajaur region near the Afghan border early Friday.
August 31, 2008 |
Fighter jets bombed Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's troubled northwest while troops pushed into militant territory on the ground, killing at least 40 insurgents in a 24-hour siege, the army said Saturday. Separately, five others died when an explosion ripped through a house near the border with Afghanistan, local officials said. Claims that it was a missile strike could not immediately be confirmed. Pakistan's 5-month-old civilian government has been beset by violence and political instability since Pervez Musharraf was forced to resign as president two weeks ago, adding to the many challenges facing the Muslim nation of 168 million people.
April 23, 1991 |
Afghan rebels said Monday that a government Scud missile attack killed more than 300 people in this provincial capital in northeastern Afghanistan over the weekend, and the guerrillas planned swift revenge. But the Soviet-backed government in Kabul rejected the charge that its forces fired three Soviet-made Scuds into Asadabad, capital of Kunar province, Saturday evening, blaming the incident on what it called an attack by one rebel group on another's arsenals.
November 9, 2006
Re "Some ally," editorial, Nov. 6 The contents of the editorial are totally devoid of the ground realities. Pakistan has done far more against terrorism than any other country in the world. It has deployed 80,000 troops along the Pakistan-Afghan border and is occupying 900 posts to control the infiltration inside and across the border of the terrorists. No such security mechanism exists in Afghanistan. Pakistan has killed or apprehended more than 700 Al Qaeda terrorists, including top leaders such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Abu Ubaida, Ramzi bin al-Shibh and Amjad Hussain Farooqi, a mastermind of two assassination attempts on Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
September 16, 2009 |
Burka-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades tried to attack an oil terminal in southern Pakistan, killing a security guard who intercepted them and fleeing as police arrived, officials said Tuesday. The three attackers, dressed in the all-encompassing garment worn by some Muslim women, tried to enter the terminal Monday in the port city of Karachi where oil supplies arrive for the country's largest refinery, police said. A security guard on duty confronted them but was shot to death by the attackers.