Wana, Waziristan Province, Pakistan
On March 17, 2004, unconfirmed reports suggested the possibility that a 'high value target' and several hundred Al Quaeda affiliated militants had been surrounded as the result of a ongoing military operations by Pakistani security forces in the western, tribal areas of Pakistan. Initial reports suggested that, based on the fierce resistance encountered, the 'high value target' might be Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, though Pakistani authorities later backed away from that claim.
Wana is located about 17 miles from the Afghan/Pakistan border on the eastern edge of a valley approximately 4,500 feet in elevation. The farming village of Kalosha is located about 10 miles east of the Afghan/Pakistan border, and is surrounded to the East, North and west by three mountains ranging from 7,000 to about 10,00 feet in elevation.
Initial press reports suggested Pakistani troops encountering resitance from fighters dug in a series of mud-walled compounds, 'fort-like buildings', in the farming village of Kaloosha located about 6 miles west of the town of Wana, the capital of the southern Waziristan tribal province in western Pakistan.
Military operations were also being conducted at the same time near the towns of Azam Warsak, Shin Warsak and Kaloosha in S. Waziristan as well as in N. Waziristan.
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