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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.