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Jan 25, 2010 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jan 25, 2010 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Times Online: Indian intelligence officials suspect that the terrorist group behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks is planning another audacious strike on the country — this time from the air, using suicide bombers flying paragliders. U. K. Bansal, an Indian Home Ministry official, told reporters that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba faction was thought to have acquired a number of ...

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Jan 19, 2010 18 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist punctuated the first day of her attempted murder trial Tuesday by shouting that the prosecution's first witness was lying, prompting her to be pulled from the courtroom. U.S. Army Capt. Robert Snyder testified that documents found in Siddiqui's purse included targets for a mass casualty attack, ...

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Jan 18, 2010 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

SARGODHA, Pakistan (AP) — Five Americans being held in Pakistan on suspicion of terrorism alleged they were being tortured in comments shouted to reporters Monday as they were driven from court. Police and prison authorities denied any ill-treatment, and said the men did not bring up their complaints in court. The allegations could add to political ...

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Jan 18, 2010 Comments Off Erik Wong

The Wall Street Journal: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula issued fresh threats Monday against the U.S. and its Mideast allies, promising to retaliate against a surge of strikes launched in the past month against its leaders and safe havens in Yemen. The terrorist group also denied statements made by Yemeni authorities late last week that six ...

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Jan 15, 2010 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Post: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN -- A U.S. missile strike might have killed the top Taliban leader in Pakistan on Thursday even as Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani told Parliament that the drone attacks were a threat to the nation's sovereignty and could "undermine the war on terror." The attack came during a three-day visit to Pakistan ...

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Jan 14, 2010 20 Comments ›› Erik Wong

MEMRI: Following the failed attempt by Nigerian student and Al-Qaeda member 'Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab to blow himself up aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009, Syrian liberal Adib Taleb wrote an article in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal in which he pointed an accusatory finger at U.S. President Barack Obama, saying that his softness on ...

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Jan 5, 2010 11 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Post: Five Northern Virginia men arrested in Pakistan indicated Monday that they plan to fight terrorism charges that Pakistani police are recommending by using a strategy seen in U.S. courtrooms: that they were preparing for jihad but not planning any terror attacks. The men told a Pakistani court that they had neither sought nor established ...

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Jan 2, 2010 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

SHAH HASAN KHEL, Pakistan (AP) - Tribal elders in a Pakistani village where a suicide car bomber killed nearly 100 people insisted Saturday that residents will keep defying the Taliban, even as the bloodshed laid bare the risks facing the citizens' militias that make up a key piece of Pakistan's arsenal against extremism. The New Year's ...

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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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