At least 70 killed in 2-day battle on border of Pakistan, Afghanistan

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  1. Vikramaditya

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    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — At least 70 people have been killed in two days of intense fighting between Pakistani security forces and hundreds of militants who crossed from Afghanistan into northwest Pakistan, officials said.

    Local officials and residents in Upper Dir, a remote valley that borders the Afghan province of Konar, said Pakistani troops regained control of the area after 36 hours of fierce clashes with heavily armed militants who attacked a police checkpoint Wednesday.


    At least 27 Pakistanis, including four civilians, were killed in the fighting, as were 45 insurgents, local police officials said. The dead included two women, a child and a prayer leader in the town of Shaltalo.

    The insurgent fighters blew up at least two schools and stole weapons from the Pakistani checkpoint, according to local officials in the area, who said the militants were believed to be Afghans and Pakistanis.

    Omar Hassan Ahravi, who identified himself as a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban in the nearby Malakand region, told some local reporters that his organization had carried out the attack “with Afghan friends.”

    Ahravi said the militants managed to seize Pakistani anti-aircraft weapons.

    Police in Upper Dir, which lies outside Pakistan’s tribal areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said the majority of about 300 fighters had retreated back into Afghanistan by Wednesday afternoon.

    The confrontation demonstrated the continued strength of Islamist militants along the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier, in spite of several recent Pakistani military offensives on its own soil and the presence of NATO troops across the border.

    On Wednesday, the Pakistani general who commands troops in the restive northwest announced plans for a new offensive in Kurram, a tribal area farther south along the border. Kurram borders North Waziristan, a militant hub that the United States wants Pakistan to attack. But the general and other Pakistani officials said Wednesday that they have no imminent plans to do so.

    “There is no change in North Waziristan in past months and weeks,” Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik said. “We will undertake an operation when we want to, when it’s in the national interest.”

    Witnesses said the fighters involved in the clashes were wearing fatigues. Some said the uniforms resembled those worn by Pakistani soldiers, and others said they looked like the uniforms of NATO troops.


    At least 70 killed in 2-day battle on border of Pakistan, Afghanistan - The Washington Post
     
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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Taliban ransack a town, defeat the Pak defenders and there is no national interest for Pakistan. What a bunch of losers.
     
  4. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    Pakistan dosen't know who they are fighting anymore when Taliban start looking like NATO troops.
     
  5. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    Yeah to honi hi tha. We call it paisa phek tamasha dekh. Sorry dollar$$$$ phek tamasha dekh..pls my dear countrymen tamasha dekho. unfortunately,, RIP to innocent............
     
  6. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Replace taliban with nato or India and you'll see flag burning marches across the country.
     
  7. gogbot

    gogbot Regular Member

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    Taliban can see the weakness in Pakistan state.

    They once relied on pak for protection and support , now the table have turned.
    Pak has no hold on the talibs any more.
    If the US leaves now , there wont be Pak supported talib Afghan.
    it will be Talib force, hell bent of seizing both afghan and Talibs
     
  8. Sikh_warrior

    Sikh_warrior Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    as i always say....get beer and sausages and watch the fire works across the fence!
     

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