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36 Taliban killed in FATA operations

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

HANGU/PARACHINAR/KHAR: Security forces killed 36 Taliban in separate attacks in Orakzai, Bajaur and Kurram agencies on Tuesday.

Orakzai: Sources told Daily Times that 25 Taliban were killed when gunship helicopters pounded their hideouts in the Khost Sturi Khel and Sultanzai areas of Orakzai Agency. They also said three hideouts and two vehicles were also destroyed in the attack. An important training centre at Sultankhel was also destroyed.

Bajaur: Separately, security forces killed two Taliban and injured another two in Charmang, Mamoond and Nawagai tehsils of Bajaur Agency. Eighteen Taliban surrendered to security forces in Inayat Killay and various parts of tehsil Mamoond. The arrested Taliban vowed that they would not take part in any terrorist activities in the future.

Kurram: Separately, Frontier Constabulary sources said security forces killed nine Taliban in Kurram Agency.

They also said 41 suspected Taliban had so far been killed and as many as 24 were injured in the ongoing operation in the agency. They also said five security personnel had also embraced shahadat in the last four days in Central Kurram.

Gunship helicopters also pounded suspected Taliban hideouts in Tarali, Sultani, Tari Tank, Dogar and Alwara Mela. As many as five Taliban were injured and several of their hideouts were destroyed. Orakzai is believed to be the base of Hakeemullah Mehsud, leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and is part of Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border.

SWA: Separately, security forces seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition on Tuesday in South Waziristan. They also cleared Aqhzar, Tauda Uba, Jani Kot and apprehended 2 suspects. They also consolidated their positions in Shakai sector.

Security forces conducted search operation near Tara Tiza and destroyed 22 hideouts, including 2 tunnels (35 feet long) in Razmak sector. They successfully established link up at village Zawar near Ghariom. In Pash Ziarat, 15 hideouts were cleared and a huge cache of arms was seized. The Taliban fired several rockets at security forces in Spinkai Narai, which were effectively responded.

Meanwhile, during Operation Rah-e-Raast in Malakand Division, security forces seized a huge cache of arms from Lalkhu Gharai, Batku, Hatrang, Tangar, Darogzar and Bashkhela. Security forces also conducted a search operation in Tutaki near Matta, Manglaur, Charbagh, Harichand, Devolai, Imamdherai and Tighak-Galoch and apprehended 17 Taliban.

Four Taliban surrendered to security forces at Shahdand Banda and Bara Banda. As many as 23,973 cash cards have been issued to displaced families of Waziristan so far. saboor khan/app

source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\12\16\story_16-12-2009_pg7_3

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Seven militants killed, 11 injured in Kurram
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
PARACHINAR: Seven militants, including two foreigners, were killed and 11 others were injured in shelling by the Armyís gunship helicopters on three of their hideouts in central part of Kurram Agency on Monday, official sources.

The sources said security forces advance was supported by gunship copters and heavy artillery in Sultani, Toda Oba and Tarli areas of the agency. The sources said the three areas were cleared of militants as all their hideouts were dismantled.

Meanwhile, residents in central part of Kurram have started migration to safer places in Tall, Doaba in Hangu district as security forces action against the militants in the area has been intensified.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=213332

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Ten suspected militants killed in Kurram Agency

Monday, 30 Nov, 2009

Security forces target militants in South Waziristan during a military operation. – Reuters (File Photo)

PESHAWAR: At least ten suspected militants have been reportedly killed and several injured as security forces targeted militant hideouts in Kurram Agency. Meanwhile, ten suspects have also been arrested from Swat and Waziristan.

According to official sources, security forces have destroyed five vehicles of militants including one belonging to an important commander.

Sources said that strict searches are being conducted at checkpoints and various pickets have been established in the agency.

Moreover, an ISPR press release says nine suspects have been arrested during the latest round of operation Rah-e-Rast from near Pallai, while another suspect has been arrested from South Waziristan.

source: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-ten-suspected-militants-killed-in-kurram-agency-ss-05

Kurram students demand reopening of Parachinar road
Saturday, November 28, 2009

PESHAWAR: Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) has demanded of the government to open the Parachinar-Peshawar Road immediately.

A meeting to this effect, held at the ground of Hostel No 3, was attended by 500 students belonging to the Kurram Agency. The prominent among them were ISO President Saqib Bangash, General Secretary Mujib Agha, Information Secretary Muhammad Hasnain, Adil Bangash, Ali Naqvi, Saqib Bangash, Sadiq Bangash and Ali Turi.

Speaking on the occasion, the speakers said most of the students were unable to go to their homes for Eid celebration because of the blockade of the Peshawar-Parachinar Road for the last five years. They said only officials were allowed to travel on the road. The general public has the only option of Afghanistan route but that too was closed. Moreover, they said, some students were kidnapped in the past while travelling on the Afghanistan route.

source; http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=210751

Kurram residents remain delinked from country on Eid!

By: Javaid-ur-rahman | Published: November 27, 2009

ISLAMABAD – Just like on Eid-ul-Fitr, hundreds of residents of the restive Kurram Agency may not be able to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their loved ones due to the continued blockade of the only road that links the area with the rest of the country.

It is appalling that Pakistanis belong to Parachinar, Headquarter of Kurram agency, have to adopt the route through Afghanistan to reach areas in their own country, as the Thall-Parachanar road is unofficially under the control of a handful of militants, which compels the residents of the area to use the Afghanistan route.
“Every person can’t take risk to go from this long and risky as well as expensive way as residents of these areas have to go in shape of caravans,” said Ali Toori, a resident of Parachinar living in Islamabad for his job, while talking to TheNation.
People belonging to Kurram Agency working in Islamabad and Rawalpindi have a deep sense of insecurity and are posing questions about the tall claims of President Asif Ali Zardari to plan arrangements for the people of the area.
It is pertinent to note here that when the residents of Parachinar staged protests outside the Judges Colony in Islamabad against improper arrangements of traveling, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik assured them proper arrangements only after one week. The situation is still the same, and many are leaving for their hometown with a sense of insecurity and paying fares of Rs. 3,000, said Maqdad Hussain, a resident of Kurrram Agency, adding that many people including students, jobbers and others are not going due to expensive traveling as the normal fare is not more than Rs. 300.
President Asif Ali Zardari had announced the launch of aerial service between Peshawar and Parachinar but it has not materialised yet, he added.

source: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/27-Nov-2009/Kurram-residents-remain-delinked-from-country-on-Eid

Weapons recovered in Kurram Agency
Friday, November 27, 2009

PARACHINAR: The security forces captured a training centre of militants and seized weapons in Shasho, lower part of Kurram Agency, Thursday.

Talking to reporters, Kurram Militia Commandant Col Tausif Akhter said some 40 militants had attacked the security forces’ convoy in Shasho area in lower part of Kurram when they were on their way to Parachinar recently.

The security forces, he said, later came to know through intelligence sources that there was a huge training complex of militants in the area. The official added the security forces raided the training centre and recovered arms including landmine, explosives, training materials and jihad literature.

He said the security forces also found dead bodies in the compound. Later, the reporters were taken to Shasho, Badama and Tindo areas, which had been cleared of militants during the operation.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=210643

10 militants killed in Orakzai, Hangu, Kurram
Updated at: 2320 PST, Wednesday, November 25, 2009
RAWALPINDI: Security forces killed 10 militants in search and clearance operation in Orakzai Agency, Hangu and Kurram Agency and apprehended 10 others.

The security forces targeted militants’ hideouts with the help of fighter jets and gunship helicopters in Shahukhel area of Hangu and Khiljo, Mamozai and Dabori areas of Orakzai Agency. Ten terrorists were killed and 14 others were injured while one was held. Five hideouts of the militants were also destroyed.

On the other hand, the security forces have pushed their way into central Kurram of Kurram Agency where 5 terrorists have been apprehended while control has been established on militants training camps besides Badama and Taindo areas.

Curfew still remains imposed in Sada Bazar area of Kurram Agency since Tuesday while curfew will continue for indefinite period in Tehsil Razmak and Tehsil Dosli of North Waziristan.

source; http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=92240

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