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Source: BBC

July 26, 2010

Nineteen people died in three US drone strikes in north-west Pakistan on Sunday, a day after a similar raid killed 16 others, say local officials.

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By AFP

October 29, 2009

ISLAMABAD — A US-based rights group on Thursday urged Pakistan to ensure that sufficient supplies reach civilians trapped by a massive anti-Taliban offensive, warning of “catastrophe” without aid access.

Pakistan launched a ground and air operation designed to crush Taliban sanctuaries in the lawless South Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan, on October 17 and fears have been growing about the impact on the local population.

“People trying to get away from the fighting are already reporting civilian casualties and food shortages,” Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement. (more…)

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New York Times

By PIR ZUBAIR SHAH and SABRINA TAVERNISE

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American missile hit the Mehsud tribal region of South Waziristan on Tuesday, claiming at least 10 lives in the same area where the leader of the Pakistani Taliban was apparently killed in a similar drone attack last week, Pakistani security officials said.

The missile struck near the town of Kani Gurram, one of the largest in the area, which is home to the Pakistani Taliban movement. American and Pakistani security officials say they believe the leader of the movement, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a C.I.A.-operated drone strike last Wednesday. (more…)

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New York Times

By ERIC SCHMITT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Air Force is improving its ability to pinpoint and attack militant targets with precision weapons, adding a new dimension to the country’s fight against violent extremism, according to Pakistani military officials and independent analysts.

The Pakistani military has moved away from the scorched-earth artillery and air tactics used last year against insurgents in the Bajaur tribal agency. In recent months, the air force has shifted from using Google Earth to sophisticated images from spy planes and other surveillance aircraft, and has increased its use of laser-guided bombs.

The changes reflect an effort by the Pakistani military to conduct its operations in a way that will not further alienate the population by increasing civilian casualties and destroying property. But they are also dictated by necessity as the military takes its campaign into areas where it is reluctant to commit ground troops, particularly in the rugged terrain of Waziristan, where it had suffered heavy losses. (more…)

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by Julie McCarthy

All Things Considered,

July 20, 2009 ·

After claiming success against Taliban guerrillas in the northwestern Swat Valley, Pakistan’s military now is targeting Taliban strongholds to the south. (more…)

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP) – 21 hours ago

BRUSSELS — The EU says its foreign policy chief will visit Pakistan to seek ways to help the government alleviate the humanitarian crisis caused by the army’s recent anti-Taliban offensive. (more…)

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By Paul Tighe and Khalid Qayum

July 8 (Bloomberg) — Pakistan said it is recruiting former soldiers to the police force in the Swat Valley to improve security now the army has cleared 90 percent of the northwestern region of Taliban militants. (more…)

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