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July 9, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
Suicide bomb blasts tore through a busy market in a volatile tribal region along the Afghan border Friday, killing more than 55 people in an attack that illustrated the Taliban insurgency's potency despite several recent offensives carried out by Pakistani troops against militants in the country's tribal belt. The explosions took place in the village of Yaka Ghund in the Mohmand tribal region, outside the offices of a senior Mohmand administrator, police said. More than 100 people were injured.
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March 29, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A blast set off by a suicide bomber killed at least seven other people in the northwest city of Peshawar on Friday in an attack that appeared to be aimed at assassinating a top Pakistani paramilitary official, police said. The official, Abdul Majeed Marwat, heads up Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary, a paramilitary police force that patrols the country's volatile northwest and other areas. Marwat was unhurt in the blast, which occurred as his convoy was passing through a security checkpoint in a heavily guarded area of the city not far from the U.S. Consulate.
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May 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan has deployed fresh troops in a lawless tribal region near the Afghan border for possible military action after foreign militants there failed to accept an offer of amnesty, a security official said Monday. Brig. Mahmood Shah, chief of security for Pakistan's tribal regions, said the troops were sent to South Waziristan after the latest in a series of deadlines passed. He gave no details. In March, a counter-terrorism operation in South Waziristan left more than 120 people dead.
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February 18, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Militants disguised as policemen stormed the compound of a top tribal region official in the northwest city of Peshawar on Monday and killed five police officers, the latest outbreak of violence to rattle the country as its civilian government struggles to ensure security ahead of national elections this spring. The raid on the offices of the chief administrative official for the Khyber tribal region came as the country's Shiite Muslim community continued nationwide demonstrations over the killing of more than 80 people in a massive bomb blast in a Shiite neighborhood in the southwest city of Quetta on Saturday.
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November 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A roadside bomb in the South Waziristan tribal region killed at least six Pakistani soldiers and injured 10, officials said. An army truck hit the bomb on a dirt road in the tense region near the Afghan border and fell into a ravine, an official said in the city of Rawalpindi.
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March 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships targeted a suspected militant hide-out in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border and killed about 30 militants, an army spokesman said. Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said the attack was launched near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan and the scene of clashes between security forces and militants.
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April 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A suspected U.S. missile struck a car in a northwest Pakistani tribal region, intelligence officials said, killing two insurgents and a civilian. The missile strike occurred near Wana, the main town in South Waziristan tribal region, two intelligence officials said. South Waziristan is the main base of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud, but there was no indication that he was the target. A drone had been flying over the area, and the missile struck after people in the car fired at the aircraft, the officials said.
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December 26, 2010 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber dressed in an all-enveloping burka struck at a crowded food distribution center in Pakistan's volatile tribal region Saturday, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 60, officials said. The attack in the town of Khar, the administrative center of the Bajaur tribal area, came amid fighting between Pakistani security forces and insurgents in the region bordering Afghanistan. About 24 hours earlier, a major clash in the neighboring Mohmand tribal area left 11 troops and about two dozen militants dead.
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September 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan said it had suspended an operation against insurgents in a tribal region for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik did not commit to a formal end to the operation but said people displaced by the fighting in the Bajaur tribal region could return to their homes "without any fear." Military officials warned that any provocations by insurgents in the area would spark immediate retaliation.
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May 7, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Al Qaeda vowed to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden with retaliation against the U.S. "soon," in a warning that the terrorist network posted this week on militant websites. In confirming the death of its leader in a statement dated Tuesday, Al Qaeda urged Muslims to not stray from the path of armed struggle against the United States. The terrorist network said it would soon release an audio message made by Bin Laden a week before his death in which he passes along "advice and guidance.
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February 10, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
An apparent U.S. drone strike early Thursday in northwest Pakistan killed a top Pakistani Taliban commander also serving as a key Al Qaeda operative, local officials said. The death of Badar Mansoor, 35, comes as the United States steps up its pace of drone missile attacks following a six-week hiatus after an airstrike accidentally killed Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border in November. Thursday's predawn strike occurred in North Waziristan, the volatile tribal region that serves as a sanctuary for several militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban and the wing of the Afghan Taliban known as the Haqqani network.
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January 6, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
Islamist militants on Thursday claimed responsibility for killing 15 Pakistani paramilitary troops this week, dealing a serious setback to the prospect of peace talks between Islamabad and the country's homegrown insurgency. The bodies of the men, abducted in December from a fort near the Afghan border, were found in the village of Shewa in North Waziristan, a tribal region that serves as a stronghold for several Pakistani and Afghan insurgent groups, local officials said. The victims were members of the Frontier Constabulary, which patrols the volatile tribal districts along the border.
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August 20, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber at a mosque jammed with worshipers killed at least 40 people and injured 100 Friday in Pakistan's restive tribal region along the Afghan border, one of the deadliest attacks in recent weeks in the country. At least 400 people were in the mosque near the town of Jamrud in the Khyber tribal district when the bomber walked in and detonated his explosives, police and witnesses said. Khyber, the gateway to Afghanistan for NATO supply trucks, remains a stronghold for Taliban militants fighting the U.S.-allied Pakistani government.
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May 7, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Al Qaeda vowed to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden with retaliation against the U.S. "soon," in a warning that the terrorist network posted this week on militant websites. In confirming the death of its leader in a statement dated Tuesday, Al Qaeda urged Muslims to not stray from the path of armed struggle against the United States. The terrorist network said it would soon release an audio message made by Bin Laden a week before his death in which he passes along "advice and guidance.
WORLD
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.
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May 24, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A couple of decades ago, Hamid Gul could trek into militant camps in North Waziristan like an old friend stopping by for dinner. Back then, he was Pakistan's intelligence chief, and his hosts valued him as their benefactor in the struggle against Soviet troops in Afghanistan. "I used to travel there frequently," Gul says. "Everything was hunky-dory." The neighborhood has changed, and the friendships too. Islamic militant camps still dot the region's rugged mountainsides and basins, but these days they shelter and train a caldron of disparate exremist groups with varying roots and an evolving network of allegiances.
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October 25, 2009 | Associated Press
Pakistani soldiers captured the hometown of this country's Taliban chief Saturday, a strategic and symbolic initial prize as the army pushes deeper into a militant stronghold along the Afghan border. The 8-day-old air and ground offensive in the South Waziristan tribal region is a test of Pakistan's campaign against Islamist militancy. It has spurred a civilian exodus and deadly retaliatory attacks. Washington has encouraged the operation because many militants in the tribal region are believed to shelter Al Qaeda leaders, and are also suspected of being involved in attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan.
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