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Pathan tribesmen harvesting opium poppies in Pakistan's rugged mountains bordering Afghanistan tend their fields with assault rifles and machine pistols slung over their backs. They say they will fight to the finish if Pakistan brings its declared "Holy War Against Narcotics" for 1993 to the remote land where their ancestors have grown poppies for generations. "We have heard that they plan to destroy our next crop.
June 4, 2006 | Paul Garwood, Associated Press Writer
One man lives penniless in a field under a patchwork tent as baying dogs roam outside. Another, wearing a suit jacket and tie, glides past his silver Mercedes as he welcomes guests into his plush Kabul villa. Both are Kuchis, which means "nomads" in the Pashto language. Yet they have little in common but their heritage and the view that the life of Afghanistan's wandering people is fading. Few of the itinerant tribesmen have settled down and prospered.
July 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In their songs, the Maasai tribesmen of East Africa have long celebrated the killing of lions as a test of their manhood. But now the Maasai that live in the Mbirikani Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya are trying to change their traditional antipathy toward the majestic-looking beasts.
December 20, 2001 | Associated Press
Troop reinforcements Wednesday moved into the remote hills of central Yemen where government forces have battled armed tribesmen in an assault to capture suspected operatives of Osama bin Laden. There was sporadic gunfire, but no fighting was reported in the provinces of Shabwa and Marib, where heavy clashes took place Tuesday as the government tried to capture five suspected Bin Laden loyalists being protected by the Abida tribe. Both provinces are known strongholds of Islamic militants.
December 11, 2009 | By Al Jacinto and John M. Glionna
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- Gunmen raided a remote Philippine village before dawn Thursday and abducted at least 75 people in a restive southern province, an army spokesman said. Within hours the assailants had freed 18 captives, 17 of them children, amid negotiations with government officials, authorities said. They freed nine others today and are demanding that murder charges be dropped The incident was the second recent mass abduction in the Philippines.
October 19, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim
In a brazen attack on Iran's military elite, a suicide bomber today killed five Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and 26 others at a gathering of tribal leaders in a southeastern province near the Pakistan border that's known for drug running and religious extremism, according to the official Iranian news agency. The assault was carried out by a lone man who reportedly disguised himself in tribal dress and detonated an explosives belt at a gymnasium in the city of Pisheen in the Sistan-Baluchistan province, a harsh land plagued by heroin smuggling and ethnic animosities.
January 23, 2009 | Laura King
In village after village, the pattern is the same. Sinister "night letters" threaten tribal elders considered loyal to the government. The local girls school is forced to close down -- or goes up in flames. Those bold or reckless enough to travel by road risk ambush, abduction or worse. Alarmed by the tightening Taliban grip on huge swaths of Afghan countryside, U.S.
October 31, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
U.S. efforts to weaken the Al Qaeda branch in Yemen have collided with that nation's political reality as President Ali Abdullah Saleh needs foreign support to defeat militants but cannot appear to appease Western interests in a country where distrust of America runs deep. Yemen is a freewheeling mix of clan loyalties, rebellions in the north and south and suspicion of the government that in recent years has made it an ideal gathering ground for Al Qaeda. Echoing the quandary Washington faces battling militants in Pakistan, Yemen is marked by corruption and, at times, what seems to be a calculated inability to crush militant elements.
March 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Armed tribesmen attacked suspected Uzbek militants in northwestern Pakistan, triggering a battle in which 15 people were killed, Pakistani intelligence officials said. A group of about 60 tribesmen attacked the Uzbeks as they drove through a village near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area, one intelligence official said. Twelve militants, two tribesmen and an Afghan shopkeeper were killed in the ensuing battle, the officials said.
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