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Jun 1, 2010

Pakistan claims success against militants in Orakzai

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistan army announced victory against Taliban militants in one of their strongholds in the northwest on Tuesday and said it was winding up its offensive in the area.

Pakistani security forces launched an operation in Orakzai region after many militants evicted from a similar offensive mounted in October last year in their South Waziristan bastion took refuge there.

Jun 1, 2010

Q+A-Who was al Qaeda’s operations chief Sa’id al-Masri?

ISLAMABAD/KABUL, June 1 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s operations
chief and third-in-command, Sheikh Sai’d al-Masri, is believed
to have been killed in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan last
month, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

Al Qaeda has confirmed the death of Masri, who is also
known as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, in a statement on an Islamist
website but gave no details.

Jun 1, 2010

Al Qaeda No. 3 believed killed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s third-in-command, whose role spanned from operations to fundraising, is believed to have been killed last month in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, dealing a serious blow to the embattled group.

Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri, also known as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was believed to be killed along with members of his family in a strike by a pilotless CIA-operated drone attack. Al Qaeda confirmed his death in a statement on a Islamist website earlier on Monday.

May 31, 2010

Pakistan lifts Facebook ban, restrictions remain

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court on Monday lifted a ban on social networking website Facebook which had carried a competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad, but access to any “blasphemous” material will remain blocked, officials said.

Any representation of the Prophet Mohammad is deemed un-Islamic and blasphemous by Muslims, which constitute the overwhelming majority in Pakistan, and Facebook was blocked two weeks ago because of the online caricature contest.

May 30, 2010

Major militant groups in Pakistan

(Reuters) – Militants from outlawed groups in Pakistan’s Punjab province are developing closer ties with the Taliban in the northwest, representing a growing threat for a country already hit hard by militancy.

Here are facts about some of the major militant groups in Punjab and in the tribal regions.

May 30, 2010

The ties that kill: Pakistan militant groups uniting

LAHORE/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani militant groups are increasingly supporting each other and penetrating into the country’s heartland, threatening not only Pakistan but the region.

The Pakistan Taliban who attacked two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore on Friday trained in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan and arrived in the city a week before the assaults.

Apr 28, 2010

Alexion remains takeover target, just not this year

BANGALORE, April 28 (Reuters) – Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
<ALXN.O> continues to be an attractive takeover target, but an
expensive valuation and major trial data expected at the end of
2010 rule out the possibility of a deal this year.

The company will release data from trials of an additional
indication for its potential blockbuster drug, Soliris, towards
the end of 2010.

Apr 16, 2010

Pakistan probe of Bhutto death faces hurdles

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan may be reluctant to thoroughly investigate former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination as called for by a U.N. report for fear of antagonizing its security establishment, analysts said on Friday.

A report by a United Nations commission of inquiry released in New York on Thursday said her killing by a 15-year-old suicide bomber could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken.

Apr 16, 2010

Pakistan under pressure to probe Bhutto death

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan came under pressure on Friday to complete its investigation of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto after a U.N. enquiry concluded the previous government failed to protect her.

A report by a United Nations commission of inquiry released in New York on Thursday said her killing by a 15-and-a-half-year-old suicide bomber could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken.

Apr 15, 2010

Civilians deaths hurt Pakistan anti-Taliban drive

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani air strike on suspected Taliban militants which killed civilians in a village could alienate those the army needs most in its struggle to stabilize the country — pro-government tribesmen.

Before the attack on Saturday, remote Saravilla was one of the few villages in northwest Pakistan where the Pakistan Taliban were too scared to go, residents say.

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      "I have journalistic career spanned over 19 years. I have been working with the Reuters since 2001. My current position is senior correspondent at Reuters bureau in Islamabad."
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