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Pakistan refugees return to valley

BARIKOT, Pakistan – After weeks in sweltering camps, refugees from Pakistan’s Swat Valley boarded buses and began heading home Monday – the first day of an official repatriation program for …


U.S. continues strikes against Taliban, killing 44

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – For the second consecutive day, unmanned U.S. spy planes pounded suspected Taliban targets in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 44 people, …


Taliban leader’s rival killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The assassination of a key rival of top Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan’s public enemy No. 1, could set back the government’s bid to divide and conquer …


Pakistan Taliban leader challenged

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A new Islamic militia leader has emerged in Pakistan to openly challenge al-Qaida-affiliated warlord Baitullah Mehsud for the first time from within his own tribe, …


Kidnap victims quickly rescued

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani security forces rescued dozens of students, teachers and staff from a boys school who had been briefly taken captive by militants in the northwest, the army said …


World in brief: Insurgents kill 13 in northwest city

Insurgents used an array of tactics to kill 13 people across northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, ambushing police officers with small-arms fire, detonating explosives planted in a crowded market and attacking …


Pakistan army secures ‘bloody intersection’

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Taliban left so many mutilated bodies at the crossing – some hanging from trees with threatening notes – that Pakistanis in the Swat Valley’s main town …


Pakistan, Taliban fight block to block

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani troops pushed into the largest city in the contested Swat Valley on Saturday and fought block to block with Taliban militants in an apparent escalation of …


Pakistan refugee numbers soar

GENEVA – The U.N.’s refugee agency said Monday that nearly 1.5 million people have fled their homes in Pakistan this month, saying that fighting between government forces and Taliban militants …


Pakistan may face urban battles

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani security forces fought Taliban militants on the outskirts of the main city in the northwest’s Swat Valley and entered two other Taliban-held towns there, the army …


Pakistani Army mounts offensive against Taliban

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The Pakistani army launched an air attack and prepared to deploy troops against Taliban bases Tuesday in an area near Islamabad, the nation’s capital. The offensive appeared …


Taliban halt peace talks amid continued aggression

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A Pakistani military offensive against insurgent hideouts prompted suspension of controversial peace talks with the Taliban Monday, and the country’s president sought additional foreign aid to assure …


Taliban grab territory near Pakistan’s capital

ISLAMABAD – Taliban militants have extended their grip in northwestern Pakistan, pushing out from a valley where the government has agreed to impose Islamic law and patrolling villages as close …


Top Taliban officer was former detainee

WASHINGTON – The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took …


Pakistan says it’s beaten Taliban in border region

KHAR, Pakistan – Pakistan has beaten the Taliban in a major stronghold close to the Afghan border, is close to victory in another and expects to pacify most of the …


U.S. offensive targets Taliban stronghold

JALREZ VALLEY, Afghanistan – Hundreds of U.S. troops pushed into a key Taliban stronghold Wednesday in a major operation to stop the insurgents from infiltrating the Afghan capital from the …


Pakistan plans to arm villagers to fight terror

ISLAMABAD – Authorities in a Pakistani border province plan to arm villagers with 30,000 rifles and set up an elite police unit to protect a region increasingly besieged by Taliban …


Pakistan, Taliban pact in limbo

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A controversial, closely watched peace agreement designed to end Taliban violence in the scenic Swat Valley hung in limbo Wednesday, amid criticism in Pakistan and rising concern …


Militant group reports it has pact with Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Muslim militants in northwest Pakistan said today the government had agreed to impose Islamic law as part of a proposed peace deal in the lawless region where …


Taliban commander killed, U.S. says

KABUL – Forces with the U.S.-backed coalition killed a regional Taliban commander and eight others in an airstrike in western Afghanistan, the U.S. said today. The Sunday night attack destroyed …


Militants torch trucks on Afghan supply route

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A day after blowing up a crucial land bridge, Taliban militants Wednesday torched 10 supply trucks returning to Pakistan from Afghanistan, underscoring the insurgents’ dominance of the …


Kyrgyzstan to close key U.S. air base

MOSCOW – The U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban suffered two logistical blows Tuesday as the president of Kyrgyzstan announced that he’d shut a U.S. air base in his country and …