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Sep 22, 2011

Pakistan warns U.S. – “no boots on our ground”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan would not tolerate any incursion on its territory by U.S. forces targeting militant groups, the country’s interior minister said on Thursday, calling for Washington to provide the intelligence Islamabad needs to take them out itself.

Rehman Malik also rejected U.S. allegations that Pakistan’s intelligence agency aids or has ties with the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network, a powerful guerrilla group that straddles the mountainous border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sep 21, 2011

Mixed Taliban messages on killing may show divide

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Competing claims from Taliban spokesmen about the insurgent group’s role – or lack of one – in the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani may have exposed divisions in the movement over the high-profile killing.

Rabbani was probably the most senior person to be killed in the decade-long war and, as head of the High Peace Council, had been charged with trying to negotiate with the Taliban.

Sep 21, 2011

Analysis: Mixed Taliban messages on killing may show divide

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Competing claims from Taliban spokesmen about the insurgent group’s role – or lack of one – in the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani may have exposed divisions in the movement over the high-profile killing.

Rabbani was probably the most senior person to be killed in the decade-long war and, as head of the High Peace Council, had been charged with trying to negotiate with the Taliban. A Taliban spokesman known to Reuters confirmed three times to a reporter in Pakistan that the insurgent group had carried out the assassination.

Sep 17, 2011

Haqqanis to follow Taliban on Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Haqqani network, one of the most feared insurgent groups in Afghanistan, would take part in peace talks with the Kabul government and the United States only if the Taliban did, its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani told Reuters on Saturday.

Sirajuddin said the group had rejected several peace gestures from the United States and President Hamid Karzai’s government in the past because they were an attempt to “create divisions” between militant groups.

Sep 17, 2011

Exclusive: Haqqanis to follow Taliban on Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Haqqani network, one of the most feared insurgent groups in Afghanistan, would take part in peace talks with the Kabul government and the United States only if the Taliban did, its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani told Reuters on Saturday.

Sirajuddin said the group had rejected several peace gestures from the United States and President Hamid Karzai’s government in the past because they were an attempt to “create divisions” between militant groups.

Aug 28, 2011

Ethnic killings spark doom in Pakistan’s biggest city

KARACHI (Reuters) – Imran Ali’s kidnappers jabbed pistols into his sides and led him down a quiet street as fresh ethnic carnage spread fear in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.

Two other people blindfolded and held with the construction worker had just been shot at point-blank range. It was his turn.

Aug 28, 2011

Ethnic killings spark apocalyptic doom in Pakistan’s biggest city

KARACHI, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Imran Ali’s kidnappers jabbed
pistols into his sides and led him down a quiet street as fresh
ethnic carnage spread fear in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.

Two other people blindfolded and held with the construction
worker had just been shot at point-blank range. It was his turn.

Aug 22, 2011

Who can unite Libya after Gaddafi?

NALUT, Libya, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Now that Muammar Gaddafi’s
four-decade rule appears to be over, the disparate groups of
rebels who drove him from power could face a graver danger: each
other.

Without the cause of fighting Gaddafi to unite them, the
fighters from all walks of life must come up with an effective
leadership to run a country suffering from factionalism, tribal
rivalries and ethnic divisions.

Aug 21, 2011

Who can unite Libya if Gaddafi falls?

NALUT, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel Husam Najjair seems more concerned about the possibility of rebels turning on each other when they try to take control of the capital Tripoli than the threat posed by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

“The first thing my brigade will do is set up checkpoints to disarm everyone, including other rebel groups, because otherwise it will be a bloodbath,” said Najjair. “All the rebel groups will want to control Tripoli. Order will be needed.”

Aug 18, 2011

Libya rebels battle for refineries in east and west

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels to the west and east of Libya’s increasingly isolated capital fought forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi Wednesday for control of oil facilities vital to winning the six-month-old civil war.

In Zawiyah, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, they assaulted a coastal oil refinery to try to drive the last Gaddafi forces out and tighten their noose around the capital.