Topic: North Waziristan

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  • The Monitor's View NATO helicopter strike on Pakistan adds to tensions with US

    The NATO helicopter strike on Pakistan on Thursday is worse than the controversy over drone attacks. One hopes that Washington and Islamabad can move past this by talking specifics as well as common interests.

  • NATO helicopter strike on Pakistan shows new strategy of 'hot pursuit'

    NATO helicopter strike on Pakistan shows new strategy of 'hot pursuit'

    NATO claims the helicopter strike was on the Afghanistan side of the border, but Pakistani officials say three Pakistani troops were killed in Kurram tribal agency.

  • NATO attack in Pakistan was 'self-defense,' says US

    The Pakistani government strongly condemned a series of manned airstrikes on Pakistani soil, including two NATO attacks that officials say killed about 55 suspected insurgents over the weekend.

  • 5 key players in Pakistan's tribal belt

    5 key players in Pakistan's tribal belt

    Pakistani military operations in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan have steered clear of North Waziristan, allowing the area to become a haven for militants. Tribal and local intelligence sources say some 15,000 militants shelter in this semiautonomous tribal belt. “It’s a cobweb,” says former Pakistani diplomat Ayaz Wazir. New alliances between militant commanders in Waziristan have turned this area into a dangerous labyrinth, from which fighters can launch suicide attacks in Pakistan or missions against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. “It's an international war which has engulfed us,” says Malik Khan Marjan Wazir, an influential tribal elder in North Waziristan. “The volcano is in Afghanistan but it erupts in our tribal areas.” For Marjan Wazir, peace won't be found through military operations or drone attacks, but in negotiations at what he calls “real” jirgas (tribal assemblies). “My elders would always tell me a story that if a woolen blanket gets leeches, you don’t put to fire the whole blanket. You pluck them out with care.” Based on interviews with local tribesmen and intelligence sources, here’s a list of the five biggest players in the region:

  • US drones are pounding Pakistan's North Waziristan. Here's why.

    US drones are pounding Pakistan's North Waziristan. Here's why.

    US drones have stepped up bombing raids to combat new alliances cropping up between disparate militants coming to Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

  • US drone attacks bombard Haqqani network in Pakistan

    Terrorism & Security US drone attacks bombard Haqqani network in Pakistan

    The latest US drone attack killed 14 suspected militants in Pakistan, bringing the number of people killed by drones in September alone to 75 as the US targets the Haqqani network.

  • Pakistan drone attack, aimed at Haqqani network, kills at least six

    Terrorism & Security Pakistan drone attack, aimed at Haqqani network, kills at least six

    The target of the drone attack was the Haqqani network, a Pakistani militant group based near the Afghanistan border that has been blamed for attacks on NATO troops.

  • US soldiers kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan: Are they both still alive?

    Terrorism & Security US soldiers kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan: Are they both still alive?

    Conflicting reports have emerged over whether one of the two soldiers kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan on Friday was killed in an ambush. The US is offering $20,000 for information leading to their safe return.

  • China-Pakistan deal raises fears of nuclear proliferation

    China-Pakistan deal raises fears of nuclear proliferation

    China’s plan to build two nuclear reactors in Pakistan has prompted concern about nuclear proliferation. The two nations may aim to counter mutual rival India, which signed a nuclear deal with the US last year.

  • Faisal Shahzad, Times Square car bomber, details his chilling plot

    Faisal Shahzad, Times Square car bomber, details his chilling plot

    Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square, eagerly explained how he plotted to murder Americans.