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Nine soldiers killed in Orakzai battle in Pakistan

May 10, 2010

Military officials described the battle near Daburi in Orakzai district as “fierce” and said two officers were among the nine who died

Tuesday, 11 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431
PESHAWAR: Pakistani military officials said nine soldiers were killed Monday in the deadliest battle to date for security forces in a nearly two-month operation against the Taliban in the tribal belt.

Military officials described the battle near Daburi in Orakzai district as “fierce” and said two officers were among the nine who died. They also told AFP that 37 militants were “reportedly” killed and many injured.

Orakzai is the latest district in northwest Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal area where the military has launched an operation to evict Taliban militants, under US pressure to eradicate the scourge of Islamist extremism.

Despite death tolls released by military officials, it is impossible to confirm casualty statistics independently in what is a closed military zone inaccessible to aid workers and journalists.

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.

Pak Troops kill 16 Taliban militants in Orakzai Agency

March 14, 2010

Fighter jets carried out the strikes in Orakzai’s Ghund Mela village, a government official said. — File photo

Sixteen militants killed as jets pound Orakzai hideouts

PESHAWAR: Fighter planes bombed Taliban positions in the northwest on Sunday, killing 16 militants and destroying three hideouts, a government official said.

Militants have gone on the offensive again after a recent lull in violence, challenging government assertions that an assault in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan had dealt a major blow to Pakistan’s al Qaeda-backed Taliban.

The airstrikes came after a week of bombings which killed 81 people, including soldiers, policemen and aid workers in the northwest and eastern regions of Pakistan.

Khaista Akbar, a government official, told Reuters the fighter jets carried out the strikes in the Ghund Mela village of Orakzai, an ethnic Pashtun tribal region.

“They carried out intense bombings and precisely targeted militant hideouts,” he said.

The bombing killed 16 militants and completely destroyed three hideouts, he said.

The Pakistani Taliban have attacked many targets, including a volleyball match and army headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi, close to the capital, Islamabad.

Courtesy : DawnNews, The International News PK & Agencies.