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Dec 28, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

The Guardian: Police are trying to determine whether five Americans detained in Pakistan had planned to attack a complex that houses nuclear power facilities. The young Muslim men, who are from the Washington DC area, were arrested in Pakistan earlier this month. Pakistani police and government officials have made a series of escalating and, at times, seemingly ...

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Dec 25, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistani police are pursuing terrorism charges against five detained American men, police said Friday, a move that could complicate efforts to bring the men back to the United States where they could also land in the courts. The case has bolstered fears that Americans and other Westerners are heading to Pakistan to link ...

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Dec 11, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

PThe Weekly Standard: The Pakistani government has denied that Mullah Omar and the "Quetta Shura" -- his executive ruling council for Afghanistan -- was based in Pakistan. That is until Pakistan's defense minister said the Quetta Shura is indeed in Pakistan. But rest assured it is not a threat. From Dawn News reports: ...

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Dec 9, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

IBD Editorials: War On Terror: The anti-war crowd says the small number of enemy fighters inside Afghanistan doesn't justify sending 30,000 fresh troops there. They fail to understand the larger problem. Sen. Barbara Boxer complains al-Qaida is scarcely in Afghanistan. She cites an intelligence report leaked to ABC News that only 100 fighters are actually present inside ...

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Dec 4, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

BBC: A Taliban detainee in Pakistan claims to have information about Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts in January or February of this year. His claims cannot be verified, but a leading American expert says his account should be investigated. The detainee claims to have met Osama Bin Laden numerous times before 9/11. He claims that in January or February he ...

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Dec 4, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Militants stormed a mosque near Pakistan's army headquarters, killing at least 36 worshippers, including six military officers, during Friday prayers as they sprayed gunfire and threw grenades before blowing themselves up, officials said. It was the latest in a wave of strikes by suspected Islamist insurgents that has killed more than 400 ...

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Dec 2, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has publicly criticized President Barack Obama for announcing a target date to begin pulling back from Afghanistan, challenged the president's policy to his face in a private meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon. During Obama's meeting with members of Congress prior to the president's Tuesday speech at West Point, McCain ...

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Dec 2, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Nov 30, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Post: President Obama has offered Pakistan an expanded strategic partnership, including additional military and economic cooperation, while warning with unusual bluntness that its use of insurgent groups to pursue policy goals "cannot continue." The offer, including an effort to help reduce tensions between Pakistan and India, was contained in a two-page letter delivered to President Asif ...

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Nov 1, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Citing security concerns, the U.N. suspended long-term development work in two key areas along Pakistan's volatile border with Afghanistan on Monday, a blow to international efforts to counter the country's rising militancy. Underscoring the militant threat, an explosion near a bank killed four people and wounded more than a dozen in the capital's ...

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Nov 1, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - An explosion outside a bank near Pakistan's capital killed at least 34 people Monday, the latest in a wave of attacks by militants since the army launched a new offensive against them last month. The growing violence in the country prompted the U.N. on Monday to suspend long-term development in Pakistan's volatile ...

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Oct 30, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani forces killed two dozen militants in 24 hours and were closing in on a prominent insurgent stronghold in the mountains of South Waziristan, the army said Friday. Government soldiers now control the hills above the village of Sararogha, where Taliban leaders long have operated openly, officials said in a statement. The army ...

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Oct 29, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Times Online: Pakistani troops fighting Islamist militants in the mountains of South Waziristan have picked up the trail of a leading al-Qaeda figure wanted in connection with the attacks on America on September 11, 2001. The Times was shown yesterday the German passport of Said Bahaji, a close associate of the September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta. The ...

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Oct 29, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

ISLAMABAD (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chided Pakistani officials Thursday for failing to press the hunt for al-Qaida inside their borders, suggesting they know where the terror leaders are hiding. American officials have long said that al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden and senior lieutenants of the network accused in the Sept. 11 ...

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Oct 29, 2009 18 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

There is no victory in leaving the countryside to the Taliban. Taliban under pressure in Pakistan will use the "free zones" in Afghanistan as haven. Obama does not want to make a decision before the upcoming November elections, and this whole delay, as well as his neutering of McChrystal's request, is designed to ...

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Oct 28, 2009 15 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 28, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A car bomb struck a busy market in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 100 people—mostly women and children—as visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged U.S. support for Islamabad's campaign against Islamic militants. More than 200 people were wounded in the blast in the main northwestern city of Peshawar, the deadliest ...

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Oct 20, 2009 152 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Oct 19, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 19, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday accused the United States, Britain and Pakistan of having links with the Sunni militants responsible for a homicide bombing that killed five senior Guard commanders and 37 others. "Behind this scene are the American and British intelligence apparatus and there will have to be retaliatory measures ...

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Oct 19, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani troops and the Taliban fought fierce battles in a militant sanctuary near the Afghan border, with both sides claiming early victories in an army campaign that could shape the future of the country's battle against extremism. The offensive in South Waziristan was expected to be a key topic ...

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Oct 18, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Oct 18, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Agencie France Presse: The Taliban put up fierce resistance Sunday as Pakistan pounded rebel bases from the air and bore down on their leader's hometown, intensifying a major offensive against the Islamists. More than 100,000 people have fled South Waziristan, part of the tribal belt on the Afghan border that US officials call the most dangerous place ...

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Oct 17, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - More than 30,000 Pakistani soldiers launched a ground offensive against al-Qaida and the Taliban's main stronghold along the Afghan border Saturday, officials said, in the country's toughest test yet against a strengthening insurgency. The United States has long pushed the government to carry out an assault in South Waziristan, and ...

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Oct 16, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

NRO: I try to keep up to speed on Islamic law, but it's more complicated than I'd thought. For example, women are supposed to be "modest" in public. But that's no reason not to make them disrobe in the street and shake their breasts: A hardline Islamist group in Somalia has begun publicly ...

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