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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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Oct 15, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNS News: Emily Douglas, Web editor for The Nation magazine, said Wednesday that making the “recession worse” and making goods “more expensive” for Americans are means to reduce consumerism and preserve the environment. Douglas was one of three journalists participating in a panel discussion, “Covering Climate: What’s Population Got to Do With It,” which was held ...

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Oct 15, 2009 16 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

When ten French soldiers were killed last year in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in what had seemed a relatively peaceful area, the French public were horrified. Their revulsion increased with the news that many of the dead soldiers had been mutilated — and with the publication of photographs showing the militants triumphantly sporting their victims’ ...

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Oct 12, 2009 34 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Monday Update: Continued due to weekend site shutdown for server migration. You'll need an Amazon.com account to log-in here, so if you have one, great, if not it's easy to set up, and if you'd rather use a different method, there is the snail mail, and at least one other system which will be set up ...

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Oct 12, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Agencie France Presse: A devastating suicide bomb hit northwest Pakistan killing 41 people Monday, as the military geared up for an assault on Taliban rebels blamed for increasingly bloody and brazen attacks. The bomber, reported to be aged about 13, flung himself at a military convoy passing through a busy market in Shangla, a northwest district near ...

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Oct 11, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Washington - - Top Republican senators escalated their call Sunday for President Obama to grant Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops in Afghanistan, and one prominent Democrat warned that a failure to do so could jeopardize U.S. forces. The Obama administration is allegedly in deliberations over whether to build on its counterinsurgency strategy with ...

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Oct 11, 2009 14 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: WASHINGTON — In late 2001, Mullah Muhammad Omar’s prospects seemed utterly bleak. The ill-educated, one-eyed leader of the Taliban had fled on a motorbike after his fighters were swiftly routed by the Americans invading Afghanistan. Much of the world celebrated his ouster, and Afghans cheered the return of girls’ education, music and ordinary ...

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Oct 10, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani commandos raided a building inside army headquarters early Sunday and freed 22 people held hostage for more than 18 hours by Islamist militants, a military spokesman said. Three captives and four militants were killed in the operation. Explosions and gunshots rang out as commandos moved into a building in the complex ...

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Oct 10, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Heavily armed militants were holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan's army headquarters early Sunday after they stormed the complex in an audacious assault on the heart of the most powerful institution in the nuclear-armed country. Ten people were killed in the attack, including two ranking officers. The standoff was ...

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Oct 8, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 5, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

MSNBC: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The United States has long suspected that much of the billions of dollars it has sent Pakistan to battle militants has been diverted to the domestic economy and other causes, such as fighting India. Now the scope and longevity of the misuse is becoming clear: Between 2002 and 2008, while al-Qaida regrouped, only ...

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