October 24, 2009 |
America's NATO allies signaled broad support Friday for an ambitious counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, adding to the momentum building for a substantial U.S. troop increase. NATO defense ministers meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, endorsed the strategy put forward by Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. and allied commander. The alliance rejected competing proposals to narrow the military mission to fighting the remnants of Al Qaeda. They did not discuss specific troop levels, but U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said a number of allies indicated they were thinking about increasing their own military or civilian contributions.
September 18, 2009 |
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Peshawar, Pakistan -- A missile fired by a U.S. drone killed a top Al Qaeda operations chief and two other militant commanders in the volatile North Waziristan region, Pakistani military and intelligence sources said Thursday. The death of Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani national who headed Al Qaeda's paramilitary operations in Pakistan, is the latest in a series of successful strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.
September 12, 2009 |
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.
August 31, 2009 |
A suicide bomber targeted police recruits undergoing training in Pakistan's Swat Valley on Sunday, killing at least 15 trainees and renewing fears that a region touted as safe by the government remains vulnerable to Taliban militants. The attack occurred in the valley's largest city, Mingora, where thousands of Pakistanis have been returning to their homes and businesses after spending weeks displaced by the war between government troops and Taliban fighters. Authorities said they were not sure how the bomber got onto the grounds of the police station.
August 16, 2009 |
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley, killing at least five people Saturday. It was the first suicide attack in Swat since July, when the government said its forces had mostly driven out Pakistani Taliban fighters from the area in its largest offensive against the militants in years. About 2 million people fled the area during the fighting. A day earlier, Swat residents who had returned staged celebrations of Pakistan's independence day. In some places, women danced in the streets -- an act of defiance, since the hard-line Islamist Taliban banned women from public during their rule.
August 8, 2009 |
The American missile strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud, Pakistan's most wanted terrorist and a staunch Al Qaeda ally, dealt a devastating broadside to militants and handed the U.S. a major victory in its bid to help stabilize the volatile nuclear state. Mahsud's death, confirmed by top Pakistani officials as well as the Taliban, creates a vacuum within the command structure of the militant group and gives the Pakistani military a unique opportunity to weaken the group, former top Pakistani security and intelligence officials said.
July 29, 2009 |
The Nigerian army launched an assault Tuesday against "Taliban" militants fighting to establish radical Islamic rule in the north of the country, in an escalation of clashes that reportedly have left hundreds dead. The rebels, armed with machetes, guns and bows and arrows, had attacked police stations and targeted police and government officials in the predominantly Muslim north Sunday and Monday.
July 27, 2009 |
Intelligence sharing and military cooperation have begun to increase between Pakistan and the United States, according to American officials, who say their efforts to cultivate key leaders in Islamabad may be beginning to pay dividends. Pakistan, they say, has stepped up its cooperation along its border with Afghanistan for the first time in recent years, informing Afghanistan and the U.S. about operations it is conducting and seeking a coordinated response to trap Islamist militants.
July 16, 2009 |
Al Qaeda's deputy leader called on Pakistanis to join the group's holy war against the United States in Pakistan and Afghanistan and warned they could face the destruction of both countries and provoke God's wrath if they didn't. Ayman Zawahiri's audio message, which was posted on the Internet, comes as the Pakistani military has stepped up its operations against militants along the border with Afghanistan, including in South Waziristan, where some suspect Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden could be hiding.
July 14, 2009 |
They loaded their dirt-caked tents, clothes, bed frames and sacks of flour onto trucks early Monday and then piled into buses, desperate to leave the sweltering camps in northwestern Pakistan where they had lived for more than two months -- but unsure what awaited them in their war-ravaged hometowns.