Hitting back: Air blitz flattens Khyber, North Waziristan targets

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    Hitting back: Air blitz flattens Khyber, North Waziristan targets
    At least 30 suspected insurgents killed in ‘precision strikes’.



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    According to North Waziristan tribesmen, the strikes took place around 12:30am on Wednesday. PHOTO: PAF/FILE


    MIRAMSHAH / ISLAMABAD: At least 30 suspected insurgents were killed and several others injured as military jets and gunships bombed their hideouts in the North Waziristan and Khyber agencies, military sources said on Thursday.

    Air strikes were carried out in the Mirali, Shawal and Datta Khel areas of North Waziristan Agency late Wednesday night, security officials said. At least 23 suspected militants were killed as a result of what the officials termed ‘precision attacks’. Among those killed in the strikes were at least 16 Uzbek nationals, they said.
    According to North Waziristan tribesmen, the strikes took place around 12:30am on Wednesday.

    “Five people were killed and three others were injured in Shawal,” said one tribesman, adding that casualties in Mirali and Datta Khel could not be ascertained. He added that following the air strikes, tribesmen had started to evacuate the agency and move towards Peshawar, Bannu, Karak and Lakki Marwat.

    Another seven suspected militants were killed in precision strikes in the Khyber Agency, military sources said. These include at least three suspected suicide bombers and an important commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, they told The Express Tribune. An improvised explosive device factory was also destroyed in the bombing, they added.

    While some media reports suggested as many as 40 insurgent fatalities in the air strikes, military officials confirmed only 30 casualties. They said those killed in the latest attacks were involved in the recent attack at a cinema in Peshawar and the killing of an army officer in the city.

    The latest offensive came in the wake of the Taliban’s claim of killing 23 Frontier Corps soldiers.

    Talking to The Express Tribune, a government official said the air strikes carried out on Wednesday night were authorised by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    A security official disclosed that army chief General Raheel Sharif, in one of his recent meetings with the prime minister, had suggested the government push for decisive action against militants.

    Following the recent surge in militant attacks across the country, the security establishment told the government that TTP and its affiliates were not ‘sincere’ about pursuing peace talks and that the time had come to consider other options.

    The army has so far publicly maintained silence over the government’s peace overtures to the TTP. But with increasing attacks on security forces, the army’s patience appears to be running out.

    A senior security official, who requested anonymity, told The Express Tribune that the state had to respond to the recent actions of militants.

    Wednesday night’s strikes came just hours after the army said over 100 soldiers had been killed by the TTP in the last five months, a rare admission of relatively heavy casualties.

    Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said that necessary steps would be taken to ensure the safety of the citizens of Pakistan. He stated that 175 people had been killed in 40 attacks by militants in the last 17 days and this was the reason why the operation was ordered.

    “Armed forces and security agencies will respond to acts of terrorism,” the minister added.

    In an unusually tough statement late Wednesday night, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that the army was capable of crushing all enemies.

    “The prime minister wants to resolve these issues without bloodshed, but if the Taliban continue killing people then we will be left with no choice but to keep our citizens safe from terrorism through any means possible,” he had said.


    Hitting back: Air blitz flattens Khyber, North Waziristan targets – The Express Tribune
     
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    wait when taliban hit back again. this is never ending game
     
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    They are cowards since they target innocent population but they have strong support from foreign elements.
    PA is strong and well experienced dealing with insurgents. We will isolate and make them weak and eliminate from Pak sarzameen.
     
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    Good job PAF :thumb:
     
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    strange they were brave during afghan war and kashmir war of 1948. now they are coward.

    kya yeah khula tazaad nahi??
     
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    @Neo..... dont forget the baluchistan red carpet for the taliban..... better known as throwing people off helicopters.....
     
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    Were they killing innocent civilians during the Afghan war?

    1948 knew no militancy nor foreign involvement from Uzbekistan or Tajikistan.

    What do you mean with khula tazaad? i am unfamiliar wih this term.
     
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    I am least worrdied about Balochistan. China wouldn't have agreed to invest $20 billion most of which is going to Balochistan if she had doubts about the contingency plans.
     
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    The area has been flattened? Great. So it's no longer mountainous - it's a plain. The Taliban can't hide and the Pakistan army cannot hide behind their usual burqa that the TTP can hide easily in mountainous terrain. Subhanallah!
     
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    Oh really? Very nice
    China cautious on Pakistan investment deals - The Hindu
     
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    I would like to know how the battle damage assessment (BDA/CA) was carried out.

    Bomb damage assessment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Actually Talibunnies are brave... its Pak Army which is COWARD and used them instead of fighting Indian Army head on.Now good to see your terrorist assets and army fighting among each other.

    We can just sit and watch the show with lot of popcorns and drinks.

    Now wait when your lovely Talibunnies ht back and slaughter and behead 2-3 dozen soldiers.

    Poor Pakis are "Protesting" the recent butchering of 23 Pak soldiers by Afgans.

    Pakistan protests killing of 23 soldiers in Afghanistan
     
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    Your post suits your avatar, both dumb and stupid.
    Ignored!
     
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    Me too Sir but unfortunately such news is never made public and even debriefings are kept secret.
    I get some info through fam and friends serving in the army and airforce but even they are not allowed to discuss their work at home.
     
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    I know how much you enjoy the killing in Pakistan but remember, Talibans next stop is India...like it or not.
    We'll talk after the first terrorist attack on some Mandir or a busy public place.
    Umti then take a good rest in my ignore list.
     
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    China provides security to chinese in pakistan. Why can't police do that.
     
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    hope you know this chap and his famous words

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    Pakistani police is a joke :lol:
     
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    No I don't. Don't watch much tv, my work requires a lot of travelling.
     

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