Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:25 am Post subject: PAKISTAN, AFGANISTAN, NATO, USA WAR
Pakistan shaken by many attacks
October 15, 2009
A series of attacks on security forces in Pakistan have killed at least 37 people.
A large explosion has struck a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, 19 casualties (debka), a fire is burning.
The death toll from a series of terrorist attack in Lahore has risen to at least 31.
In Lahore, terrorists attacked FIA offices and 2 police training centres. At least 26 people died.
In Kohat, 11 died in a car bomb attack on police.
Later a large explosion rocked Peshawar in the north-west. Casualties are feared.
There has been an upsurge in violence in Pakistan in recent weeks.
Taliban hit 3 security sites in Lahore
Taliban seeks to cut the nuclear center off from Islamabad. Taliban launches fresh attacks in Lahore,
advances on road to Pakistan's nuclear stores. Taliban gunmen and bombers hit Pakistan army headquarters Oct 10
in Islamabad and advanced on air bases holding the nuclear arsenal around Kamra in the North West Frontier Province.
U.S. Missile Hits Pakistan Border
South Waziristan pounded with air strikes ahead of ground offensive against the Taliban along Pakistan-Afghanistan
border. Fearing the looming offensive, about 200,000 people have fled since August.
Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 5:11 am Post subject: U.S. Consulate Attacked in Pakistan
U.S. Consulate Attacked in Pakistan, 36 Dead and rising
I didnt think anything of this, just another bombing of war.
But I got a Stratfor Intel Email alert on it
One attacker was able to blow up in the U.S. Consulate premises.
The front side of the U.S. Consulate has been totally destroyed.
Reports of seven or eight security personnel in the Consulate are dead.
The Consulate’s communication system is down.
April 5, 2010
3 explosions, two rocket attacks and subsequent gunfire have been reported in the near
vicinity of the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 5.
The attack occurred early afternoon local time when the consulate would have been full of both American and local employees.
The death toll is reported at 36 but is expected to rise.
There are no assessments yet of the damage that the consulate building has sustained,
but reports indicate that the explosions led to the collapse of other, adjacent buildings.
Pakistani soldiers are also reported to be engaging militants in gunfire, indicating that
militants are actively engaged in an attack near the area - possibly with the intention of breaching the U.S. consulate.
Many U.S. diplomatic missions (including the one in Peshawar) have a number of built in security features,
such as a perimeter wall, ample stand-off distance between the buildings and the wall,
reinforced concrete structure and windows and marines stationed inside to ward off attacks.
While militant activity in the tribal belt of northwest Pakistan has led to regular attacks against targets of the Pakistani state,
today’s assault against the consulate is an extremely rare direct attack on a U.S. target.
STRATFOR is monitoring the situation for more details.
Attack on US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan
5 April 2010 At least 7 have died after Taliban terrorists attacked the US consulate in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar.
There were several explosions in the area near the consulate and buildings collapsed. A gun battle between police and the attackers followed.
Pakistan's main Taliban faction said it had carried out the attack, and that the US consulate was the target.
Officials said the attack was well organised but order had been restored.
US officials also confirmed the consulate was the target of the attack, but it is unclear whether the building suffered any damage.
A police official told the BBC four militants and three security personnel had died in the assault, but there were no reported US casualties.
The raid came hours after 43 people died in a suicide attack at a rally in another north-western town.
The target of the attack, in Timergara, Lower Dir district, was a meeting of the Awami National Party (ANP), the ruling coalition in North West Frontier Province.
The Peshawar explosions took place near Shama Square, a major crossroads at the northern end of Peshawar's cantonment area, near the US consulate.
There are also some army barracks and offices of the army's Military Intelligence in the vicinity.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene said two of the explosions were just 20m from the consulate, which is in a heavily fortified area.
Pakistani police officer Ghulam Hussain told AFP: "The target was certainly the American consulate but they didn't succeed in getting there.
"One of the suicide bombers blew himself up close to the gate. Police guarding the US consulate started retaliatory fire. More blasts took place. We have recovered unexploded material from four different points," he said.
Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq said his group had carried out the raid.
"Americans are our enemies. We carried out the attack on their consulate in Peshawar. We plan more such attacks," he told Reuters news agency.
TV footage showed army soldiers taking battle positions on the main Khyber Road where the blasts took place, and witnesses told the BBC Urdu service a couple of armoured vehicles parked outside the consulate had caught fire.
An eyewitness told Reuters news agency that gunmen had attacked a checkpoint near the consulate.
"I saw attackers in two vehicles. Some of them carried rocket-propelled grenades. They first opened fire at security personnel at the post near the consulate and then blasts went off," said Siraj Afridi.
Peshawar, which is on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas, has been frequently targeted by Islamist militants.
An official of the ruling ANP party, Hashim Khan Babar, told the media the attacks appeared to be in response to a major security operation which was launched in the Orakzai tribal region near Peshawar last week.
PICTURE, MAP, VIDEO HERE http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8603288.stm
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Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 5:19 am Post subject: Pakistan Talibomber kills 12
Pakistan Suicide attack kills 12
18 May 2010 At least 12 people have been killed in a bomb blast near a police vehicle in the north-western Pakistani town of Dera Ismail Khan.
Officials say the bomb was planted on a bicycle and targeted the town's deputy police superintendent, who was killed along with his guard and driver.
Nobody has yet said they carried out the attack.
Dera Ismail Khan borders tribal South Waziristan, where the army launched an anti-Taliban assault last year.
Many people fled to the town after the army launched its offensive against militant strongholds in the volatile region.
While there has been a relative lull in violence in Dera Ismail Khan since the offensive, correspondents say many insurgents simply shifted to the nearby regions of Orakzai and Khyber.
"The target was Deputy Superintendent Iqbal Khan," a local police official told the BBC.
DSP Khan had been leaving his house in the Kutchi Painda Khan area of the city and getting into his car when the bomb was detonated by remote control, police said.
Hospital officials said the dead included women and children.
In a statement, President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the attack, and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Suicide attack kills 11 people in NW Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 11 people Tuesday when he attacked a police patrol in an area of northwestern Pakistan where many citizens fled last year to escape a large army offensive against the Taliban, police said.
The attack, which killed three police officers and eight civilians, occurred as the patrol vehicle traveled through the town of Dera Ismail Khan, said Gul Afzal Khan, the police chief in the area.
The victims included a senior police officer in the area as well as his guard and driver, Khan said. The civilians who were killed included two schoolchildren, he said. Another 15 people were wounded.
thousands of people fled to Dera Ismail Khan in mid-October when the army launched a big ground offensive against the Pakistani Taliban's main stronghold in the South Waziristan tribal area.
The displacement added to an already serious problem in Pakistan caused by similar operations launched earlier in the year, especially one in the Swat Valley near the Afghan border.
In total, an estimated 3 million Pakistanis fled to other areas of the country to avoid conflict last year, the highest number of internally displaced people anywhere in the world, according to a U.N.-backed report released Monday.
Around two-thirds were able to return to their homes by the end of the year, but some 1.2 million remained displaced, said the report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council, a non-governmental organization.
That number has grown this year as thousands of people have fled smaller operations the military has launched in the tribal areas against militants who fled the offensive in South Waziristan.
One such operation launched in Orakzai in mid-March has killed hundreds of suspected insurgents and caused more than 200,000 people to flee.
Pakistan has also been wracked by political turmoil this year following the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a controversial amnesty protecting scores of government officials, including President Asif Ali Zardari, from corruption charges dating back several years.
The fallout from the decision took a new turn late Monday when Zardari pardoned Interior Minister Rehman Malik only hours after a high court upheld a previous conviction and prison sentence issued against him in absentia in 2004.
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Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 5:05 am Post subject: Gunmen attack 2 mosques in Pakistan
Gunmen attack 2 mosques in Lahore Pakistan
May 28, 2010 Grenades hurled in assault on sites belonging to minority sect
Gunmen armed with grenades attacked two mosques belonging to a minority Islamic sect during Friday prayers in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police said.
The attacks were against the Ahmadi group, which has often been targeted by radical Sunni groups in the past.
The mosques were several miles apart from each other in two residential neighborhoods in Pakistan's cultural capital.
Officers outside one of the mosques in the Garhi Shahu district of Lahore were engaged in a gunfight with the attackers, an Associated Press reporter at the scene said.
The Ahmadis call themselves Muslims but believe that Muhammad was not the final prophet — a view that contradicts a central tenant of Islamic belief.
They have long been subject to informal and state-sanctioned discrimination in Pakistan.
The government has declared them a non-Muslim minority and they are prohibited from calling themselves Muslims or engaging in Muslim practices such as reciting Islamic prayers.
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Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:22 am Post subject: Pakistan - Muslims Order Christians to Leave Village
Pakistan - Muslims Order Christians to Leave Village
Jun. 08 2010 The head of a Muslim village last week ordered 250 Christian families to leave their homes in Khanewal district, Punjab Province, local residents said.
Abdul Sattar Khan, head of village No. 123/10R, Katcha Khoh, and other area Muslim residents ordered the expulsions after Christian residents objected too strenuously to sexual assaults by Muslims on Christian girls and women, said a locally elected Christian official, Emmanuel Masih.
Most of the village’s Christian men work in the fields of Muslim land owners, while most of the Christian women and girls work as servants in the homes of Muslim families, said Rasheed Masih, a Christian in the village who added that the impoverished Christians were living in appalling conditions.
The Muslim employers have used their positions of power to routinely sexually assault the Christian women and girls, whose complaints grew so shrill that four Christian men – Emmanuel Masih, Rasheed Masih, his younger brother Shehzad Anjum and Yousaf Masih Khokhar – sternly confronted the Muslims, only to be told that all Christians were to leave the village at once.
“The Muslim villagers came to us with the expulsion order only after Christian women and girls raised a hue and cry when they became totally exasperated because they were sexually attacked or forced to commit adultery by Muslims on a daily basis,” said Khokhar, a Christian political leader.
Khokhar said the unanimous decision to compel the Christians to leave their homes and relocate them was possible because the Christians were completely subject to the Muslims’ power.
“The Muslims had been telling the Christian women and girls that if they denied them sex, they would kick them out of their native village,” Emmanuel Masih added.
Christians created the colony when they began settling in the area in about 1950, said Anjum. Since then the migration of Muslims to the area has left the Christians a minority among the 6,000 residents of the village, said Emmanuel Masih.
“There is no church building or any worship place for Christians, and neither is there any burial place for Christians,” Emmanuel Masih said.
He said that the Rev. Pervez Qaiser of village No. 231, the Rev. Frank Masih of village No. 133 and the Rev. Sharif Masih of village No. 36, Mian Channu, have been visiting the village on Sundays to lead services at the houses of the Christian villagers, who open their homes by turns.
Asked why they didn’t contact local Katcha Khoh police for help, Emmanuel Masih and Khokhar said that filing a complaint against Muslim village head Khan and other Muslims would only result in police registering false charges against them under Pakistan’s notorious “blasphemy” statutes.
“They might arrest us,” Khokhar said, “and the situation would be worse for the Christian villagers who are already living a deplorably pathetic life under the shadow of fear and death, as they [the Muslims] would not be in police lock-up or would be out on bail, due to their riches and influence, very soon.”
That very fate befell two Christian couples in Gulshan-e-Iqbal town, Karachi, who had approached police with complaints against Muslims for falsely accusing them of blasphemy.
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Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:15 am Post subject: Pakistan Suicide bombers kill dozens
Pakistan Suicide bombers kill dozens
July 9, 2010 At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in a Pakistani tribal village on the border with Afghanistan.
The bomber came on a motorbike and blew himself up near the gate of the local administrator's office.
Two suicide bombers struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban.
At least 100 people were wounded in the explosion in Yakaghund village in the Mohmand tribal region.
Mohmand is part of Pakistan's lawless tribal belt where Taliban and al-Qaeda have a strong presence.
The explosion hit a commercial area, destroying vehicles and shops and burying a number of people under the rubble.
The blast damaged the wall of a nearby prison, allowing some prisoners to escape.
One of the bombs appeared fairly small but the other was huge, and they went off within seconds of each other.
Pakistan suicide blasts kill over 100
10 July 2010 The death toll in a double suicide bombing in a Pakistani tribal village on the border with Afghanistan has risen to more than 100, officials say.
Two bombers struck seconds apart in Yakaghund village in the Mohmand tribal region, devastating government buildings, shops and houses.
Mohmand is part of Pakistan's tribal regions where the Taliban and al-Qaeda have a strong presence.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Ikramullah Mohmand said their target was a meeting of local officials and anti-Taliban elders from the Anbar Utmankhel tribe.
Initial reports put the death toll at about 50 and said one bomber was responsible.
However, officials later said that at least 102 had died and more than 115 were wounded.
More bodies were recovered from wrecked buildings and others had died from their injuries in hospital.
One of the bombers was on a motorcycle and it is believed the other was driving a vehicle laden with explosives.
The blasts happened near the office of local administrator Rasool Khan, who escaped unharmed.
Tribal elders were in the building but were unhurt, according to Mohmand chief administrator Amjad Ali Khan.
He said the attack signified "increasing desperation" on the part of the Taliban, whose "space is being restricted by security forces".
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Musharraf to return to Pakistan
10 September 2010 (UPDATE - He returned yet again spring 2013 )
The former military ruler of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf is forming a new political party with a view to returning to Pakistan politics.
HE WAS THE BEST LEADER PAKISTAN HAD!
He said he will be going back to Pakistan before the 2013 elections.
Musharraf now lives in London.
He sees darkness all over in Pakistan. He is right about THAT!
He dismissed his low standing in the opinion polls saying that polls can be manipulated and that his popularity is increasing.
The retired general acknowledged that if he did go back he would have to face some legal cases and he said there would be risk of his being killed.
But he said he would answer every allegation against him.
Pakistan Blocks NATO Supply Trucks
September 30, 2010 I'd say the USA is at WAR with PAKISTAN
A NATO helicopter attacked a Pakistani border post near Afghanistan on Thursday, killing three troops
, security officials in Pakistan said. Later, government officials said they were ordered to stop trucks carrying supplies for international forces from entering Afghanistan at a major border crossing.
NATO said it was investigating the allegations and whether they were linked to an operation against insurgents in a nearby Afghan province.
The accusations and the fallout were likely to exacerbate tensions between Islamabad and Washington, which is struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban movement in the 9-year-old Afghan war. Over the weekend, NATO choppers fired on targets in Pakistan, killing several alleged insurgents they had pursued over the border from Afghanistan.
Islamabad protested the intrusion into its territory that has inflamed already pervasive anti-American sentiments among Pakistanis.
Pakistan cuts NATO supply route to Afghanistan after more US helicopter attacks
September 30, 2010 A new crisis in relations between Islamabad and Washington was triggered by the recent US tactical escalation from drones to helicopters
for destroying insurgent and terrorist concentrations in Pakistan's lawless North Waziristan province, debkafile's military sources report.
Pakistan had accepted the drone attacks but, even after they were nearly doubled to 21 this month, the high-flying unmanned aircraft were not up to their mission -
especially against the most effective Taliban force, the Haqqani network.
Sept. 30, Islamabad was angry enough to block a convoy of dozens of NATO trucks at the Torkham check post on the Khyber pass into Afghanistan,
accusing NATO of killing 3 Pakistan frontier troops in a helicopter strike against a military checkpoint close to the border.
The hot pursuit pretext was roughly rejected.
Through their many ups and downs during the 9 year Afghanistan war, Pakistan has served the United States as NATO's main supply base
for fuel, ammunition, spare parts and other provisions. An average 580 trucks with goods imported through Karachi and other Pakistani
ports roll through Torkham west of Peshawar every day.
The resort to helicopters was ordered by the new Afghanistan commander, Gen. David Petraeus.
He soon saw that the 30,000-troop surge was not up to turning the tide of the war against the Taliban -
mainly because the bulk of its men, supplies and training facilities are located on the Pakistani side of the border in North Waziristan.
He therefore petitioned President Barack Obama for permission to shift the brunt of combat into Pakistan and begin using helicopters against these targets.
The general explained that the Predator and Reaper UAVs were unequal to the task of demolishing large bases or catching insurgent forces on the move into
Afghanistan or on their way back to their Pakistani havens. The capabilities of these high-tech weapons are limited. Needed now were droves of
conventional helicopters able to scatter and fly close enough to the ground to chase and pin down small groups of insurgents on the move.
Before assenting to Gen. Petraeus' request, the White House made a final effort to persuade the Pakistani government and its military commanders
to go into decisive action against the Taliban concentrations sheltering in North Waziristan.
They had little hope of a positive reply because the foremost US war target is the Haqqani network, the largest and best organized insurgent militia fighting NATO today.
This militia's 12,000 men fight under the command of Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani.
It maintains independent sources of supply, funding and recruits and is protected by its close operational and intelligence links with Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence - ISI - service.
The reason the Haqqani network enjoys complete immunity from attack by Pakistan or any individual general is that the
Pakistan government wants this military kept safe as its insurance for a pro-Islamabad regime to rule Kabul after US troops start pulling out of Afghanistan in August 2011.
An ally in Afghanistan would give Pakistan the military edge over India, its strategists calculate, whereas the loss of Kabul would administer an unacceptable strategic setback.
At the same time, no one in Islamabad sneezes at the great benefits gained from good relations with the United States.
Washington keeps Pakistan safe from war with India and a good flow of billions of dollars to keep its economy from breaking down.
So when American drones attacked the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, its rulers gritted their teeth and kept quiet for as long as the damage was small enough for the Haqqanis to sustain.
But American helicopter strikes were another matter. The first helicopter attack over Pakistan on Monday, Sept. 27,
killed 30 Taliban fighters, most of them members of the Haqqani network. The second, the following day, hit a Haqqani base in the Kurram district of North Waziristan.
The third hit the wrong target, killing three Pakistani soldiers at a military check point near the Afghanistan border.
That was too much for Islamabad. Without even a word to the visiting US Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta,
the NATO convoy was blocked at the border and the supply route threatened until the Americans promised to give up using helicopters for hot pursuit.
Pakistan was further irritated by two more events:
1. Western media were this week encouraged to link the intensified US attacks in North Waziristan with heightened terror alerts in
Britain, France and Germany, bracing for simultaneous Mumbai-style terror attacks.
(In November 2008, Islamist terrorists killed 170 in multiple attacks on the Indian port town of Mumbai).
The Pakistanis believed the connection had been artificially contrived or much exaggerated in a bid to justify US strikes on Pakistani soil.
2. American sources have been spreading reports that the army is preparing to overthrow President Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusouf Gillani in an impending coup in Islamabad.
Pakistani leaders suspect these reports are aimed at turning up the heat and forcing them against their will to conduct major offensives against the Haqqani, Taliban and al Qaeda enclaves sheltering in North Waziristan.
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October 1, 2010 Dozens of NATO oil tankers attacked in Pakistan. Terrorists set ablaze at least 27 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani government shut the Torkham border in the northwest in apparent protest at a NATO helicopter incursion that killed three of its soldiers on the border. The events raised tensions between Pakistan and the United States, which have a close but often troubled alliance in the fight against militants.
The convoy of tankers attacked Friday was likely headed to a second crossing in southwest Pakistan that was not closed. It was not clear if the vehicles had been rerouted because of the closure at Torkham.
Around 80 percent of the fuel, spare parts, clothing and other non-lethal supplies for foreign forces in landlocked Afghanistan travels through Pakistan after arriving in the southern Arabian sea port of Karachi. The alliance has other supply routes to Afghanistan, but the Pakistani ones are the cheapest and most convenient.
Islamist militants occasionally attack NATO supply tankers in Pakistan, mostly in the northwest where their influence is stronger. Thursday's strike was in Sindh province, far from the border, and might be taken as a sign that the insurgents are expanding their reach.
Musharraf back in Pakistan
HE WAS BETTER ABLE to GOVERN this ungovernable nation
October 2, 2010 Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has returned to the political stage in Pakistan, which he describes as a demoralized nation that needs an injection of vigor and leadership.
Once one of the United States' strongest allies in the fight against terror, Musharraf on Friday launched a new political party in Pakistan as an alternative to an administration he says is now beset with serious problems.
He cites widespread devastation caused by the spring flooding, a nose-diving economy, and a persistent extremist element, and said the current administration, which he calls corrupt, hasn't met those challenges.
"This is about leading, about support of the people and that's my strength," Musharraf said in a Connect the World interview with CNN's Becky Anderson. It is to be aired Friday.
"I don't see a political party out there now that is capable of bringing light back in the country.
We need a new political culture that shuns dynasty politics," he says, saying that he wants a greater presence of women and minorities participating in the body politic.
Musharraf resigned in 2008 as Pakistan's ruling coalition began taking steps to impeach him, and Asif Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, succeeded him.
The former president said he has "strong pockets" of support and there is a "huge clamor" for his return.
He said his Facebook page has more than 300,000 followers and he has raised $3 million for flood relief, and wants to attract the many people who don't vote to give him support.
In fact, he contrasts what he says is the current administration's inadequate flood response to what he says was his proper reaction to earthquakes in Pakistan several years ago.
U.S. missiles kill Germans in Pakistan
Victims believed to be in the region for terrorist training
German militants are believed to have been killed in an American missile strike close to the Afghan border.
The officials say the missiles hit a house in the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan region
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Nato supply lorries set ablaze by gunmen in Pakistan
20 oil tankers hauling fuel for NATO set ablaze, 1 dead
6 October 2010 BBC was reporting when there was a further explosion.
Gunmen in Pakistan have torched at least 10 oil tankers carrying fuel for Nato vehicles in Afghanistan in the latest such attack in recent days.
A driver died in the ambush near the south-western city of Quetta.
The number of attacks on tankers has soared in the last week since one of the main routes into Afghanistan was shut by the Pakistani authorities.
The Torkham crossing was closed after three Pakistani soldiers died in a Nato air strike near the Afghan border.
Islamabad has not yet said when the Khyber Pass crossing will reopen.
In Wednesday morning's attack, up to 14 gunmen in two pick-up trucks opened fire on the tankers as they were parked by the roadside on the outskirts of Quetta, said police.
BBC Urdu's Ayub Tareen rushed to the scene after the ambush and was lucky to escape with scratches when one of the blazing fuel tankers exploded.
The lorries were thought to have been en route to a smaller border crossing into Afghanistan that still remains open.
The Pakistani Taliban reportedly said they carried out the ambush - the fourth attack on a Nato supply convoy in six days.
Spokesman Azam Tariq told the news agency AFP: "We will further intensify attacks with the intensification of US drone strikes on us."
Unmanned aircraft have recently been targeting militants near the Afghan border on an almost daily basis.
"Gunmen came in two vehicles at daybreak and started firing. This created a stampede and people started running.
"Then one of the vehicles went [inside the compound] and they sprinkled petrol on trucks and set them on fire."
Mr Shakeel said that security for the trucks was the responsibility of local police while the vehicles were moving. But when they are parked at terminals, protection is the job of private contractors, he added.
On Tuesday, a bomb damaged an oil tanker in the Khyber tribal region. And on Friday, nearly 30 Nato supply lorries were set on fire in the southern province of Sindh.
Meanwhile, Pakistani and Nato investigators are expected to release a joint statement later on Wednesday in the Afghan capital Kabul about the investigation into the Nato cross-border
helicopter attack which prompted the closure of the Torkham crossing.
Pakistan's Dawn television reports that the statement has been delayed, because of differences over its wording.
The shutting of the border post has strained relations between Pakistan and the US.
Nato said on Monday its operations had been unaffected so far by the attacks, but that it was "beginning to explore other options".
Supplies can also be brought into northern Afghanistan via Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Tajikistan helicopter crash kills 25 soldiers
October 8, 2010 A military helicopter has crashed in Tajikistan, killing at least 25 soldiers.
They said the helicopter crashed after hitting a powerline and went down in the Rasht Valley.
The country shares a poorly-protected border with Afghanistan, much of it crossing the rugged Pamir Mountains.
Taliban commander, 7 others killed in NATO attack
October 07, 2010 An airstrike and a raid by ground troops killed 8 terrorists, including a senior Taliban leader who spearheaded attacks against Afghan security forces,
NATO said Thursday as the war in Afghanistan entered its 10th year.
Maulawi Jawadullah — accused of organizing deadly ambushes, roadside bomb attacks, and abductions of Afghan police and soldiers in northern Afghanistan — was killed in the airstrike Wednesday in Takhar province.
Jawadullah was linked to the recent deaths of 10 Afghan National Police officers during an attack on a police station in neighboring Kunduz province.
7 other Taliban also died in the assault, including three who opened fire from a forest when coalition forces moved in following the airstrike, NATO said.
Thursday was the nine-year anniversary of the American invasion of Afghanistan, a frustrating benchmark for those who expected a quick exit after small targeted forces toppled the Taliban from power in 2001.
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