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May 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani authorities and Taliban militants exchanged dozens of prisoners, officials said. Pakistan army Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said tribal elders mediating in the talks secured the release of seven security personnel. In return, authorities released 30 people detained in the Waziristan region near the Afghan border. Abbas described the 30 as "tribal people," but three Pakistani intelligence officials said they were suspected militants.
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December 5, 2009 | By Alex Rodriguez
In a daring midday raid that showed insurgents' ability to strike the Pakistani military virtually at will, militants Friday stormed a Rawalpindi mosque filled with military officers and their children, killing at least 37 people with a deadly combination of gunfire, grenades and suicide bomb blasts. The attack, which also injured at least 86 people, was the latest in a series of devastating terrorist strikes meant as retaliation for the Pakistani military's assault on Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan and other tribal areas along the nation's border with Afghanistan.
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July 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani troops battled Islamic militants in the Swat valley near the Afghan border, killing 25 insurgents and losing five soldiers. Under U.S. pressure to crack down on militant sanctuaries along the border, Pakistan's 4-month-old government has sought to reach peace deals with fundamentalist Islamic groups in the northwestern tribal areas, but increasing violence is raising doubts about that approach. The latest fighting was at a security post about 10 miles from Mingora, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said.
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October 11, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
In a brazen attack on Pakistan's military nerve center, gunmen disguised in army uniforms broke into the grounds of the country's army headquarters today, sparking a furious firefight that left four attackers and six military personnel dead. By late Saturday, the tense scene at the compound had evolved into a hostage crisis. As many as five gunmen remained holed up in a security building and were holding 10 to 15 security officers and civilian workers as hostages, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
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April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani has appointed a new head of Military Intelligence, an army spokesman said, in a widely expected move to replace a close confidant of President Pervez Musharraf. "Maj. Gen. Muhammad Asif has been appointed as chief of Military Intelligence and Maj. Gen. Nadeem Ijaz has been posted out," Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said. U.S. ally Musharraf, who came to power in a coup in 1999, quit as army chief in November, and voters swept his political allies out of government in a parliamentary vote Feb. 18.
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October 26, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A two-month offensive by Pakistani forces has driven militants from a stronghold through which Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters had poured into neighboring Afghanistan to attack U.S. troops, the army said. The military said its forces had captured Loi Sam in the Bajaur tribal region. The town sits on a vital intersection linking the border to three neighboring Pakistan regions. "Now we have complete control in this area from where miscreants used to go to Afghanistan, Mohmand, Dir and Swat," army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told reporters in Bajaur.
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April 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Eight militants and one Pakistani soldier died in a chaotic border battle in which Afghan and Pakistani troops mistakenly traded fire in the dark, the Pakistani army said. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said militants attacked an Afghan border post across from Pakistan's Bajur tribal region. Afghan troops fired back but also hit a nearby Pakistani border post, he said. Pakistani troops retaliated, sparking a shootout in which one Pakistani soldier died and one was wounded, Abbas said.
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September 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Security forces killed at least 16 suspected militants and wounded 25 Sunday in a besieged tribal region, Pakistani officials said. More than 100 people, most of them militants, have been reported killed in the fighting in the Bajaur tribal area in the last five days. The region, which borders Afghanistan, is a suspected hide-out of Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. The latest clashes came amid tension between the U.S. and Pakistan over American incursions aimed at eradicating militants in the Muslim nation's territory.
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September 12, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
The voice of Taliban militants in the Swat Valley has been arrested along with four other Taliban leaders in the region they once controlled, Pakistani military officials said Friday. Muslim Khan is said to be the highest-ranking Swat Taliban commander arrested since the government began its offensive earlier this year to retake the Swat Valley from the Islamist militant group. The Taliban spokesman and the other Taliban leaders were arrested Sept. 3 during a search operation in the suburbs of Mingora, said Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
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December 5, 2009 | By Alex Rodriguez
In a daring midday raid that showed insurgents' ability to strike the Pakistani military virtually at will, militants Friday stormed a Rawalpindi mosque filled with military officers and their children, killing at least 37 people with a deadly combination of gunfire, grenades and suicide bomb blasts. The attack, which also injured at least 86 people, was the latest in a series of devastating terrorist strikes meant as retaliation for the Pakistani military's assault on Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan and other tribal areas along the nation's border with Afghanistan.
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September 12, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
The voice of Taliban militants in the Swat Valley has been arrested along with four other Taliban leaders in the region they once controlled, Pakistani military officials said Friday. Muslim Khan is said to be the highest-ranking Swat Taliban commander arrested since the government began its offensive earlier this year to retake the Swat Valley from the Islamist militant group. The Taliban spokesman and the other Taliban leaders were arrested Sept. 3 during a search operation in the suburbs of Mingora, said Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
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October 26, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A two-month offensive by Pakistani forces has driven militants from a stronghold through which Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters had poured into neighboring Afghanistan to attack U.S. troops, the army said. The military said its forces had captured Loi Sam in the Bajaur tribal region. The town sits on a vital intersection linking the border to three neighboring Pakistan regions. "Now we have complete control in this area from where miscreants used to go to Afghanistan, Mohmand, Dir and Swat," army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told reporters in Bajaur.
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September 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Security forces killed at least 16 suspected militants and wounded 25 Sunday in a besieged tribal region, Pakistani officials said. More than 100 people, most of them militants, have been reported killed in the fighting in the Bajaur tribal area in the last five days. The region, which borders Afghanistan, is a suspected hide-out of Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. The latest clashes came amid tension between the U.S. and Pakistan over American incursions aimed at eradicating militants in the Muslim nation's territory.
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July 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani troops battled Islamic militants in the Swat valley near the Afghan border, killing 25 insurgents and losing five soldiers. Under U.S. pressure to crack down on militant sanctuaries along the border, Pakistan's 4-month-old government has sought to reach peace deals with fundamentalist Islamic groups in the northwestern tribal areas, but increasing violence is raising doubts about that approach. The latest fighting was at a security post about 10 miles from Mingora, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said.
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May 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani authorities and Taliban militants exchanged dozens of prisoners, officials said. Pakistan army Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said tribal elders mediating in the talks secured the release of seven security personnel. In return, authorities released 30 people detained in the Waziristan region near the Afghan border. Abbas described the 30 as "tribal people," but three Pakistani intelligence officials said they were suspected militants.
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April 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Eight militants and one Pakistani soldier died in a chaotic border battle in which Afghan and Pakistani troops mistakenly traded fire in the dark, the Pakistani army said. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said militants attacked an Afghan border post across from Pakistan's Bajur tribal region. Afghan troops fired back but also hit a nearby Pakistani border post, he said. Pakistani troops retaliated, sparking a shootout in which one Pakistani soldier died and one was wounded, Abbas said.
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October 11, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
In a brazen attack on Pakistan's military nerve center, gunmen disguised in army uniforms broke into the grounds of the country's army headquarters today, sparking a furious firefight that left four attackers and six military personnel dead. By late Saturday, the tense scene at the compound had evolved into a hostage crisis. As many as five gunmen remained holed up in a security building and were holding 10 to 15 security officers and civilian workers as hostages, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
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May 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Pakistani jets screamed over this Taliban-controlled town Friday and bombed suspected militant positions as hundreds of thousands fled and trapped residents appealed for a pause in the fighting so they could escape. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said 140 militants had been killed in the last 24 hours, in addition to about 150 already reported slain. He didn't provide figures for civilian deaths, but witnesses and local news reports say that some have been killed.
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April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani has appointed a new head of Military Intelligence, an army spokesman said, in a widely expected move to replace a close confidant of President Pervez Musharraf. "Maj. Gen. Muhammad Asif has been appointed as chief of Military Intelligence and Maj. Gen. Nadeem Ijaz has been posted out," Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said. U.S. ally Musharraf, who came to power in a coup in 1999, quit as army chief in November, and voters swept his political allies out of government in a parliamentary vote Feb. 18.
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