Posts Tagged ‘North Waziristan’

Pakistani Jirga declares War against America over Drone attack upon terrorist camps in Waziristan

March 22, 2011

Jirga Leaders launched War against America over Drone attack in North Waziristan

Pakistanis declare WAR against United State of America (USA)

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PESHAWAR:  A grand jirga of tribal elders from North Waziristan Agency on Friday said that they would wage jihad against America to avenge those killed in drone attacks.

A US drone attack killed at least 40 people, most of them tribal elders, in Datta Khel tehsil, North Waziristan on Thursday. Pakistan’s top leadership, including the army chief, have already condemned the attack.

Malik Jalal Sarhadi Qatkhel, head of the North Waziristan Peace Committee, told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that the tribes would wage a jihad against the US as well as Pakistanis who are helping them carry out the Predator drone strikes. He said that they had allowed their youths to carry out suicide attacks against the Americans.

The tribal elder claimed that there were no al Qaeda or Taliban members in North Waziristan, or the rest of the tribal areas, and that children, women and the elderly were being massacred instead.

“There is no al Qaeda and Taliban presence in North Waziristan, while the Americans themselves have acknowledged that around 70 per cent of Afghanistan is under the control of militants,” Qatkhel said.

“Unlike [those] who pardoned the killer of two Pakistanis for dollars, we will take revenge for our dead and the world will see it.”

 

Sometimes Drone attacks on Militant hide outs cause irreparable loss to the civilians

He said that they would avenge the killing “even if it takes a hundred years” and so they were announcing jihad against America and its allies in Pakistan.

He said the media had been presenting the wrong information about militants. He said reports of foreign militants dying in Predator strikes were false and mostly innocent tribesmen were being killed in such attacks.

“We have valid evidence and those who claim deaths of foreign militants in these attacks should show us or the media. The latest attack which killed tribal elders shows us this reality of tribesmen being massacred,” he said.

Other tribal elders of the jirga including Malik Faridullah Saifli Kabal Khel, Malik Daaraz Mada Khel Wazir and Nek Daraz Khan were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the top US general in Afghanistan said Friday it was “hugely important” that Pakistani forces take action against militants in North Waziristan.

General David Petraeus, commander of the NATO-led force in the Afghanistan war, credited Islamabad with battling insurgents elsewhere but said the campaign needed to move to North Waziristan, where, he said, members of the al Qaeda and Haqqani networks are based.

“The fact is that it’s hugely important that there’s a campaign in northern Waziristan that is putting enormous pressure on the al Qaeda sanctuaries there,” Petraeus said at a conference in Washington.

US officials have long urged Pakistan to crack down on militants in North Waziristan but the country’s military commanders have said their forces are already stretched.

“They have lost thousands of soldiers and thousands of civilians in a very impressive counter insurgency campaign to clear Swat Valley and the other areas” in Khyber and South Waziristan, Petraeus said. WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AFP

Courtesy : Lahore Times | AFP | Agencies.

 

Former ISI official Khalid Khwaja found dead in NW :: Baitullah’s tape to be produced in ATC for probing Benazir Bhutto’s murder case.

April 30, 2010

Former ISI official Khalid Khwaja found dead in NW. — File photo

Former ISI official Khalid Khwaja found dead in NW

Fri, 30 Apr, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 15, 1431

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A former Pakistani intelligence officer abducted by an alleged militant group last month was found shot dead Friday in a northwest tribal region, officials said.

Khalid Khawaja went missing in late March along with another ex-intelligence official known as Col. Imam and a filmmaker. There was no word on the fate of the two others.

Khawaja’s body was found on the road between Miramshah and Mir Ali, the two main towns in North Waziristan. Local TV channels broadcast a picture of what appeared to be Khawaja’s body.

He had been shot in the head and chest, and a note attached to his body accused him of being an American spy, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be named by media.

The men were first reported abducted in late March. Soon after, a previously unknown militant group calling itself the Asian Tigers claimed to be holding the men in a video delivered to local media. Any demands they had were not made public.

Khawaja was known to be sympathetic to the militants cause, often appearing on television speaking in defense of suspected extremists.

He has claimed to be close to Osama bin Laden in the early days of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Union.

Recently, he has spoken up in defense of five young American terror suspects on trial in Pakistan.

He also filed a petition in a Pakistani court to stop any attempt by Islamabad to extradite recently arrested Afghan Taliban leaders, including the movement’s No. 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.—AP

Baitullah’s tape to be produced in ATC for probing Benazir Bhutto’s murder case

Baitullah Mehsud (R) escorted by his guard as he arrive for a meeting in South Waziristan. — File photo by AFP

Baitullah’s tape to be produced in ATC

Fri, 30 Apr, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 15, 1431

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team probing Benazir Bhutto’s murder on Thursday decided to produce the telephone intercepts of Baitullah Mehsud before the Anti Terrorist Court Rawalpindi proceeding the trial of Ms Bhutto’s murder.

The sources in the Interior Ministry revealed DawnNews that for this purpose the team directly approached Inter Services Intelligence which reportedly recorded that intercept but in vain.

The sources said that now Interior Ministry has contacted ISI through Defense Ministry that the concerned officer who recorded that intercept should be deputed that he could be produced before the court along with the intercepted tape recording.

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred on 27 December 2007 in RawalpindiPakistan. Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996) and then-leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, had been campaigning ahead of elections due in January 2008.[1][4][5] She was shot after a political rally at Liaquat National Bagh; a suicide bomb was detonated immediately following the shooting. She was declared dead at 18:16 local time (13:16 UTC), at Rawalpindi General Hospital. At least 23 other people were killed by the bombing.[3] Bhutto had previously survived a similar attempt on her life that killed at least 139 people, after her return from exile two months earlier.

Courtesy : DawnNews, AFP, AP, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Agencies.

Two Pak soldiers, three Uzbeks and a German militants killed in North Waziristan clash

April 29, 2010

Two security personnel were killed and at least 13 injured in the latest clash in North Waziristan on Wednesday. – (File Photo)

Two soldiers killed in North Waziristan clash

Thursday, 29 Apr, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 14, 1431

PESHAWAR: Two security personnel were killed and at least 13 injured in the latest clash in North Waziristan on Wednesday on Wednesday, 28 Apr, 2010.

The casualties took place when militants attacked the ISA check post in North Waziristan. Four militants, which included three Uzbeks and a German, were also killed in the clash.

This is the second attack on Pakistan army personnel in North Waziristan in the past seven days. On Friday, seven soldiers, including an officer were killed and at least 16 injured as militants ambushed an army convoy in North Waziristan

According to local sources, many of the Taliban groups had fled from South Waziristan and moved to North Waziristan. Many of these groups include Chechen and Arab fighters as well.

The situation in North Waziristan is a complicated one with some factions supporting the government and providing safe passage to the Pakistan army.

Meanwhile the operation in the Orakzai Agency is also continuing, with security forces claiming to have killed five militants in the latest phase of the assault.

Militants strike fatal upon Pak troops in North Wazirstan:: 8 killed, 16 injured.

April 23, 2010

Eight soldiers were killed , Sixteen soldiers were also wounded when the convoy drove into an ambush laid by waiting militants in Datta Khel.– (File Photo)

Militant ambush kills 8 troops in North Waziristan

Friday, 23 Apr, 2010||Jumadi-ul-Awwal 08, 1431

ISLAMABAD: Militants ambushed a Pakistani army convoy traveling in a tribal region, killing eight soldiers, the military said Friday.

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press Writer Munir Ahmed, Associated Press Writer Fri Apr 23, 10:48 am ET

ISLAMABAD – Militants ambushed a Pakistani army convoy traveling in a tribal region that is mostly home to insurgent groups focused on the war in neighboring Afghanistan, killing eight soldiers, the military said Friday.

The attack could raise pressure on Islamabad to wage an offensive in North Waziristan, which has largely escaped Pakistani army action in recent years despite U.S. pressure for a crackdown. Militant attacks on troops in the region have also been rare.

The army statement said the attack Thursday occurred in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, and that the convoy was “carrying out a routine movement” to the area from the town of Miran Shah. Sixteen soldiers were wounded in the ambush, one of the worst known to have occurred against the army in the border region in several months.

The statement did not give many details. However, two intelligence officials in the northwest said tribesmen joined local Taliban fighters to stage the ambush after a 15-year-old boy in the area was allegedly shot to death by an earlier group of traveling soldiers.

The boy was killed when troops opened fire after a roadside bomb exploded near the convoy, the officials said on condition on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media on the record.

Pakistan has carried out several army operations in its semiautonomous tribal belt, where al-Qaida and various Taliban factions have long thrived. The offensives have mainly been aimed at militant groups targeting Pakistani institutions.

North Waziristan has largely escaped the operations because most of the militant networks there — unlike groups such as the Pakistani Taliban — are focused on the war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. wants Pakistan to take on the North Waziristan networks, but Islamabad says it does not have the resources to open another front. Critics suspect Pakistan doesn’t want to anger militants it may need to influence affairs in Afghanistan once the U.S. leaves.

The area struck Thursday is controlled by Sadiq Noor, one of the few Pakistani Taliban commanders known to operate in the region, said two other intelligence officials, also asking that their names not be used.

It’s unclear whether the attack will have any impact on the Pakistan’s army future designs in North Waziristan.

However, large numbers of Pakistani Taliban fighters are believed to have set up base in North Waziristan after the army began an offensive last year against their prior main stronghold, South Waziristan.

Like most of the information given by the government or military out of the tribal regions, independent verification of the deaths is nearly impossible because access to the zone is severely restricted.

Also in North Waziristan on Friday, the mutilated bodies of four men alleged to have been U.S. spies were found in Mir Ali town.

Area residents and an Associated Press reporter saw the bodies Friday morning. One was beheaded, while the other three had slit throats and severed hands.

Dozens of men have been killed in a similar fashion in North Waziristan in recent years. Like previous cases, notes attached to the bodies warned others to learn from the fate of the so-called spies.

Courtesy : AP.

No one can believe the death of Hakimullah without evidence.

February 4, 2010

“Finish All Kaffirs from this World” : Trigger Happy Hakimullah Mhesud Gazi.

Mehsud likely dead, but no proof: US official

2240 PST, Thursday, February 04, 2010 ||Safar 19, 1431 A.H

WASHINGTON: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud was likely killed in US missile strikes but there was still no definitive evidence that he was dead, a US defense official told a foreign new agency on Thursday.

“There’s a good likelihood that he’s dead,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. But final confirmation would have to wait “until a body pops up, or photographic evidence or reliable witnesses” verify reports.

US missile attacks have repeatedly targeted Mehsud, the head of Pakistan’s most powerful Taliban faction and involved in a December suicide attack on the CIA in Afghanistan, the deadliest attack on the US spy agency in 26 years.

Speculation about his death has mounted since a January 14 US drone strike in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, but Mehsud purportedly released two audio statements denying his demise.

On January 17, a day after Mehsud’s last statement, a US drone carried out another attack that officials said also targeted the militant leader. A US counter-terrorism official said rumors were taking root because Mehsud had been out of view.

Hakimullah Mehsud, right, holds a rocket launcher with his comrades in Sararogha.—File photo by AP

US confirms Hakimullah’s death

By Correspondent Dawn News ||Friday, 05 Feb, 2010||Safar 20, 1431

WASHINGTON: US counter-terrorism officials are now confirming that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, the US media reported on Thursday.

Both CNN and Fox News quoted senior US intelligence officials as saying that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief was killed in a drone attack last month.

Fox News noted that this was so far the strongest signal that Washington had offered about Hakimullah’s fate.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani was the target of the heaviest US drone strikes in North Waziristan earlier this week, but he might just have escaped the assault.

A commander of the Haqqani group told CNN that “Siraj was in the area but had left moments before the strike”.

The TV network said the reported strike on Tuesday night were unusual for the relatively high number of missiles fired — at least 19 — and for the high death toll.

Neither Pakistan nor the US has officially confirmed the death of Hakimullah, who commands an Al Qaeda-allied movement that is blamed for scores of suicide bombings and is suspected in a deadly attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan late last year.

Courtesy : The News International, DawnNews, AP,  Google & Other Agencies.

Talibans kill Muslim Tribesmen as ‘US spies’ in Pakistan. Islam Vs. Islam or Islam Vs. Muslim ??

January 25, 2010

Militants frequently kidnap and kill tribesmen, accusing them of spying for the govt or US forces operating in Afghanistan. — Photo by Reuters

Taliban kill seven ‘US spies’ in North Waziristan

By Dawn Correspondent || Sunday, 24 Jan, 2010 ||Safar 09, 1431

MIRAMSHAH, Jan 24: Taliban have shot dead seven people in North Waziristan after accusing them of being US spies.

Officials said here on Sunday that five of the people killed were Afghans. They said that five bullet-riddled bodies were found in Kam Sarobi village of Dosali tehsil. The militants had killed them on Saturday night and thrown the bodies on the road.

“A note found near the bodies said that they were spying for the United States and warned that all traitors would meet the same fate,” said a resident of Kam Sarobi. The note said that more ‘US spies’ were ‘in custody’ and they would be treated under what they call their Sharia.

Three of the five were identified as Gul Khallel Jan, Habibur Rehman and Mashkor Machikhel. The names of the Afghans who were from Khost and Kandahar could not be ascertained.

Taliban killed more than 20 local people and Afghan nationals on similar charges in North Waziristan last year. Militants say these people were hired by Americans in Afghanistan to gather information about Taliban activities.

The sources said two other bodies had been found in Qutabkhel area and the other in Mirali Bazar. Taliban have warned residents not to bury their bodies.

Militants fired five rockets at Tochi Scouts fort in Miramshah on Saturday night, but no casualty was reported.

Meanwhile, security forces arrested 70 suspects, some of them Afghan nationals, during an operation in Maches area. The operation was launched on Friday.

Officials said that those found innocent would be released after completion of interrogation. They said that Afghan nationals were living in an old refugee camp illegally and they might be deported to their country.

Courtesy : Dawn & Reuters.