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August 11, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A coordinated attack involving a remote-control bomb blast and a female suicide bomber killed seven people in Peshawar on Thursday, ending a stretch of relative calm in the volatile northwest city. The blasts occurred at a police checkpoint in the city of 1.4 million people perched on the edge of Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban militants and their allies maintain strongholds. Plagued by scores of suicide bomb attacks in recent years, Peshawar has seen a lull in militant violence in the last few weeks.
April 23, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
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 | Associated Press
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.
September 24, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes and Henry Chu, Times Staff Writers
A recent push by Pakistan's army into the country's lawless tribal region has helped American troops fighting in the nearby border areas of Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. senators Tuesday. Gates praised the effort in deflecting demands by lawmakers that Pakistan's new civilian government permit more forceful U.S. action against militants who battle American forces in Afghanistan and then flee to Pakistan.
January 15, 2006 | Mubashir Zaidi and Zulfiqar Ali, Special to The Times
The government demanded an explanation Saturday for a U.S. airstrike on a remote village near the Afghan border that Pakistani officials said missed Al Qaeda's second in command but killed a number of civilians, including women and children. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed called the attack "highly condemnable," and demonstrations erupted in the border region near the scene of the Friday morning attack. A crowd that gathered at a market shouted "God is great!" and "Down with America!"
January 18, 2006 | Mubashir Zaidi and Paul Watson, Special to The Times
Last week's airstrike targeting Al Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman Zawahiri, killed at least four foreign militants believed by U.S. intelligence officials to be among the Egyptian doctor's top aides, Pakistani officials and U.S. sources said Tuesday. The attack Friday by CIA drone aircraft armed with missiles sparked angry protests nationwide after it killed several women and children.
August 22, 2008 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
In a devastating strike that signals that this week's departure of President Pervez Musharraf will bring no letup in their bloody campaign, Islamic militants took aim Thursday at a highly symbolic target: Pakistan's main weapons-building complex. At least 60 people were killed and about 100 injured when a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of the sprawling munitions complex at Wah cantonment, about 30 miles northwest of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. It was midafternoon; most of those wounded or killed were workers finishing a shift at one of the many factories within, or arriving for the next.
August 23, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Peshawar, Pakistan -- Faced with the prospect of rifts among its ranks after a U.S. drone strike killed leader Baitullah Mahsud, the Pakistani Taliban announced today that it had chosen one of his deputies to succeed him. A 28-year-old commander named Hakimullah Mahsud will lead Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a militant organization based in the tribal areas along the Afghan border and blamed for many of...
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