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Jan 19, 2012

Senior al Qaeda figure killed in drone strike

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said.

U.S. and Pakistani sources told Reuters that the target of the attack was Aslam Awan, a Pakistani national from Abbottabad, the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed last May by a U.S. commando team. They said he was targeted in a strike by a U.S.-operated drone on January 10 directed at what news reports said was a compound near the town of Miranshah in the border province of North Waziristan.

Jan 19, 2012

Exclusive – Senior al Qaeda figure killed in U.S. drone strike

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said.

U.S. and Pakistani sources told Reuters that the target of the attack was Aslam Awan, a Pakistani national from Abbottabad, the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed last May by a U.S. commando team. They said he was targeted in a strike by a U.S.-operated drone on January 10 directed at what news reports said was a compound near the town of Miranshah in the border province of North Waziristan.

Jan 19, 2012

Exclusive: Senior al Qaeda figure killed in drone strike

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD Jan 19 (Reuters) – A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said.

U.S. and Pakistani sources told Reuters that the target of the attack was Aslam Awan, a Pakistani national from Abbottabad, the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed last May by a U.S. commando team. They said he was targeted in a strike by a U.S.-operated drone on January 10 directed at what news reports said was a compound near the town of Miranshah in the border province of North Waziristan.

Jan 19, 2012

Pakistan-U.S. ties on hold for “re-evaluation”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ties with the United States remain on hold following a NATO cross-border air attack, its foreign minister said on Thursday, and Washington should not push Islamabad to go after militant groups or bring them to the Afghan peace process.

“Now that the re-evaluation process is under way as we speak, so till the time that that re-evaluation process is not complete, we cannot start the re-engagement,” Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

Jan 19, 2012

Exclusive: Pakistan-U.S. ties on hold for “evaluation”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ties with the United States remain on hold following a NATO cross-border air attack, the country’s foreign minister said, and Washington should not push Islamabad to go after militant groups or bring them to the Afghan peace process.

“Now that the re-evaluation process is underway as we speak, so till the time that that re-evaluation process in not complete, we cannot start the re-engagement,” Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

Jan 14, 2012

Pakistan’s army chief calls PM’s criticisms “divisive”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief is furious with the prime minister for statements criticising the army and has demanded that they be clarified or withdrawn, a senior military source told Reuters on Saturday.

“The army chief complained to the president about the prime minister’s statements, and said they needed to be either clarified or withdrawn,” the source told Reuters.

Jan 13, 2012

Civilians have whip-hand in showdown with Pakistan military

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – For decades, Pakistan’s generals only had to pick up a phone and order the removal of anyone in the civilian government who had crossed them. It’s not so simple anymore, as the army is finding out in its latest battle with President Asif Ali Zardari.

Despite the numerous crises hounding Zardari’s government, the civilians for once hold the most cards in the non-stop bluffing game that defines Pakistani politics, giving it the confidence to stare down the powerful military, its political opponents and perhaps even the Supreme Court.

Jan 13, 2012

Embattled Zardari lobbies for support

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Asif Ali Zardari’s ruling party, facing intense pressure from Pakistan’s powerful generals, lobbied its coalition partners on Friday for support as fears over the stability of the nuclear-armed country rose.

One of Zardari’s allies introduced a resolution in parliament hoping to build support for the embattled leader. The National Assembly will debate the confidence motion on Monday and the government hopes for a vote in the next week.

Jan 13, 2012

Embattled Pakistan president lobbies for support

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Asif Ali Zardari’s ruling party, facing intense pressure from Pakistan’s powerful generals, lobbied its coalition partners on Friday for support as fears over the stability of the nuclear-armed country rose.

One of Zardari’s allies introduced a resolution in parliament hoping to build support for the embattled leader. The National Assembly will debate the confidence motion on Monday and the government hopes for a vote in the next week.

Jan 12, 2012

Pakistan president goes to Dubai as split with military widens

ISLAMABAD/DUBAI (Reuters) – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari flew to Dubai on a scheduled one-day trip on Thursday, a member of the ruling party and sources said, while tensions grew over a memo seeking U.S. help in preventing a coup by Pakistan’s powerful military.

The crisis has raised fears for the stability of Pakistan, a vital but uneasy ally for the United States in its attempt to fight militancy and bring peace to neighbouring Afghanistan.

    • About Chris

      "Pakistan Bureau Chief. Born in Arkansas, Allbritton has been in Pakistan since mid-2009, working as a freelance reporter for TIME Magazine and other publications. Prior to that, He spent a year on a John S. Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University, where he examined foreign correspondence and the online medium. Allbritton got his start as a reporter on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, followed by two years working for the Associated Press in New York. In 2002, he pioneered reader-funded reporting through his Back-to-Iraq.com website and for the past six years he has focused on covering the Middle East, including ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2010
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