Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2009 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Roadside bomb kills 7 Pakistani troops RIA Novosti 31 Oct 2009 -- A roadside bomb killed seven and injured 11 paramilitary soldiers in the tribal Khyber region in Pakistan's northwest on Saturday, regional media reported.
- Bomb Kills 7 Pakistani Soldiers VOA 31 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb killed seven Pakistani soldiers in the northwest Saturday, as the army pushed forward with its offensive against Taliban militants.
- Clinton Scolds Pakistan Over Inaction On Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- This trip was meant to turn a new page in the often uneasy relationship between Washington and Islamabad.
- Pakistani Troops Capture Town Used By Uzbek Militants RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani troops have surrounded Kaniguram, a key base for Uzbek Islamic militants in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports
- Clinton Justifies US Policy to Pakistani Tribal Leaders VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has again defended U.S. policy to Pakistanis who are growing frustrated with growing violence in the region.
- Pakistani Military Pushes Deeper in Militant Territory VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani troops fighting militants along the Afghan border have seized passports that may be linked to suspects involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
- Clinton Suggests Pakistan Knows Where Al-Qaida Leaders Are VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is hard to believe that Pakistani authorities do not know where al-Qaida leaders are hiding.
- Clinton, In Pakistan, Says 'This Is Not Your Fight Alone' RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a busy day in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, visiting a mosque and shrines, holding a lively town hall meeting with skeptical university students, and meeting with key local officials and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif
- PAKISTAN: IDP hosts increasingly wary of undercover militants IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Fear and a growing wariness on the part of potential IDP hosts means some South Waziristan internally displaced persons (IDPs) are finding it hard to get accommodation in the neighbouring districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank
- Indian PM Makes Fresh Offer of Dialogue to Pakistan VOA 28 Oct 2009 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has offered to talk on all issues to rival Pakistan provided it cracks down on terror groups based in the country. The Indian leader, who is visiting Indian Kashmir, also called on separatist groups in the region to join a dialogue with his government.
- Clinton arrives in Pakistan to win over public skeptical of U.S. RIA Novosti 28 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday for a three-day visit to Pakistan amid a spate of terrorist attacks in the country.
- Secretary-General condemns deadly bombing in Pakistani city UN News Centre 28 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored today’s bombing of a crowded marketplace in the Pakistani city of Peshawar that has killed more than 80 people and injured at least 200 others and is only the latest in a series of deadly attacks targeting civilians across the country.
- At Least 90 Dead In Peshawar Blast As Clinton Visits Islamabad RFE/RL 28 Oct 2009 -- A powerful bomb blast in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar has killed and wounded dozens of people, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad vowing a new page in U.S.-Pakistan relations
- At least 90 killed in Pakistan blast RIA Novosti 28 Oct 2009 -- At least 90 people have been killed and another 150 injured in a blast in a Pakistani market on Wednesday, CNN has reported.
- Blast Kills More Than 90 in NW Pakistan Shortly After Clinton Arrival VOA 28 Oct 2009 -- A car bomb has killed more than 90 people and wounded more than 200 others in a shopping area of the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan just hours earlier for a three-day visit.
- Pakistan Says Militant Deaths Mount in Offensive VOA 27 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's army says it has killed 42 militants in the latest stage of its offensive against Taliban militants in the lawless tribal area of South Waziristan.
- Pakistanis continue to flee violence in northwest, UN reports UN News Centre 26 Oct 2009 -- Nearly 14,000 people fleeing the latest round of clashes between Government forces and militants in the north-western Pakistani region of South Waziristan, have been registered, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.
- Pakistan: 19 Militants Killed in S. Waziristan VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- The Pakistani army says it has killed 19 militants in a battle for control of a Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan.
- UN appeals to combatants in Pakistan to ensure safety of civilians fleeing conflict UN News Centre 24 Oct 2009 -- Amid mounting numbers of Pakistanis crossing inhospitable mountain terrain to escape fighting between Government forces and militants, aid agencies have urged the warring parties to observe international humanitarian law ensuring safety for civilians, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today.
- Pakistan Military Captures Taliban Leader's Hometown VOA 24 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani military officials say they have captured the hometown of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud and one of his top deputies, Qari Hussain. The announcement comes at the start of the second week of the army's offensive in Mehsud's stronghold of South Waziristan.
- UN prepares for new flood of Pakistani civilians fleeing fighting with militants UN News Centre 23 Oct 2009 -- United Nations aid agencies and their partners in north-western Pakistan are preparing emergency relief, including food, water and health services, for up to 250,000 civilians fleeing an intensification of fighting between the Government and militants.
- Iran Urges Pakistan To 'Hand Over' Militant Leader RFE/RL 23 Oct 2009 -- Iranian Interior Minister Najjar has urged Pakistan to hand over the leader of the Baluch rebel group Jundallah.
- Blasts Take More Than 20 Lives in Northwest Pakistan VOA 23 Oct 2009 -- Police in Pakistan say three explosions in the northwestern part of the country have killed more than 20 people.
- RFE/RL Interview: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden RFE/RL 23 Oct 2009 -- In an exclusive interview, US VP Biden spoke about the US administration's policy on Russia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.
- Biden Says Trip Has Laid Eastern Europe's 'Reset' Fears To Rest RFE/RL 23 Oct 2009 -- US VP Biden believes he has successfully laid to rest fears that the White House's efforts to improve relations with Russia.
- US Secretary of State Clinton to Travel to Pakistan VOA 23 Oct 2009 -- US State Department: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to travel to Pakistan, but details on the timing of the trip are not being released due to security reasons.
- Clinton set for visit to Pakistan RIA Novosti 23 Oct 2009 -- US Secretary of State Clinton will travel to Pakistan in the near future, the U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan said.
- PAKISTAN: Harrowing tales of flight from Waziristan IRIN 22 Oct 2009 -- Many internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled South Waziristan tell harrowing tales of rockets hitting roads or houses as they tried to leave areas where Taliban militants are fighting government forces.
- Gunmen Kill Pakistani Army Officer in Islamabad Ambush VOA 22 Oct 2009 -- Police in Pakistan say that unknown gunmen shot and killed a senior army officer and his driver in Islamabad.
- Pakistan Continues Waziristan Offensive, Closes Schools RIA Novosti 21 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani helicopter gunships attacked Taliban strongholds near the Afghan border on the fifth day of offensive in S. Waziristan.
- U.S. says fight against extremism 'shared goal' with Pakistan RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2009 --US trusts the government of Pakistan as both countries have a shared goal of fighting extremism.
- Suicide blasts kill five in Pakistan university RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2009 -- At least 5 people died and dozens wounded when 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Islamic University in Islamabad.
- 6 Killed in Pakistan Suicide Bombings VOA 20 Oct 2009 -- Two suicide blasts at a university in the Pakistani capital have killed at least six people and wound many others, mostly female students.
- Pakistanis Continue to Flee South Waziristan VOA 20 Oct 2009 -- UN refugee agency: Pakistani civilians are fleeing South Waziristan by the thousands following the start of military operations.
- Pakistan Continues Waziristan Offensive VOA 19 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's military says troops are continuing to hit Taliban targets in South Waziristan as the offensive entered its third day Monday.
- PAKISTAN: Thousands flee South Waziristan as army offensive begins IRIN 19 Oct 2009 -- Thousands of people have fled Pakistan’s South Waziristan territory adjacent to the Afghan border.
- Pakistani soldiers kill 60 militants in South Waziristan RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani soldiers have killed 60 militants since the start of a large-scale ground operation against the Taliban in South Waziristan, the country's armed forces said Sunday.
- Pakistan Troops Battle Militants in South Waziristan VOA 18 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani forces exchanged heavy fire on Sunday with militants defending their heartland in the mountains of the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
- Pakistan begins attack on Taliban stronghold RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan forces began on Saturday an offensive against Taliban militants in the country's South Waziristan area, regional media said.
- Pakistani Military Launches Ground Offensive into South Waziristan VOA 17 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani officials say the military has launched its much anticipated ground offensive against the Taliban in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
- Anticipated military offensive drives thousands of Pakistanis from their homes – UN UN News Centre 16 Oct 2009 -- The United Nations refugee agency said today that there have been new outflows of people from Pakistan’s South Waziristan region this week in anticipation of military operations against insurgents.
- Pentagon Closely Monitors Pakistan Situation AFPS 16 Oct 2009 -- DoD closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan, following a series of terrorist attacks there that have killed or injured scores of innocent people.
- US Envoy, Indian Officials Discuss Regional Security Threats VOA 16 Oct 2009 -- Escalating violence in Pakistan was among the regional security threats discussed in meetings.
- Pakistan Defends US Aid Package VOA 16 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani government is defending the $7.5 billion US aid package, saying Washington has addressed Islamabad's concerns over some of the controversial clauses.
- U.S. says not 'impinging' on Pakistan's sovereignty RIA Novosti 16 Oct 2009 -- The United States is not tying to 'impinge' on the sovereignty of Pakistan and fully supports the country in the fight against terrorism.
- Pakistani Government Sites Attacked VOA 16 Oct 2009 -- Suicide bombers in Pakistan hit a government site in Peshawar, in what is believed to be part of a Taliban campaign against an expected army offensive.
- Thousands Flee Pakistan's S. Waziristan Region VOA 16 Oct 2009 -- UN refugee agency reports thousands of people are fleeing South Waziristan region in anticipation of military operations against insurgents.
- U.S. Condemns Attacks in Pakistan, Approves Aid AFPS 15 Oct 2009 -- US Embassy in Islamabad strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Pakistan, vowing continued US support to help Pakistan combat violence.
- Obama Signs Massive Aid Package to Pakistan VOA 15 Oct 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law a $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan.
- U.S. pledges $7.5 billion in aid to Pakistan RIA Novosti 15 Oct 2009 -- U.S. President Obama signed legislation on Thursday providing Pakistan with $7.5 billion in aid over the next five years.
- As Pakistan Hit By Terror Attacks, Military Girds For Waziristan Offensive RFE/RL 15 Oct 2009 -- Militants have hit police targets across Pakistan, killing at least 38 people in the east and northwest of the country.
- Pakistan Militants Attack 5 Government Sites VOA 15 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani officials say five attacks on government sites across the country have killed at least 32 people.
- Airstrike Targets Militant Hideouts in Pakistan VOA 14 Oct 2009 -- Intelligence officials say Pakistani fighter jets have bombed militant targets along the Afghan border, killing at least nine insurgents.
- US Denies Aid Plan Intrudes on Pakistan's Sovereignty VOA 13 Oct 2009 -- Obama administration and Congressional leaders reiterated that aid program for Pakistan would not impinge on that country's sovereignty.
- Pakistani FM in Washington on Aid Deal Concerns VOA 13 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's FM in Washington to convey his country's concerns about a multibillion-dollar US aid bill.
- Pakistani Fighter Jets Bomb Militant Hideouts VOA 13 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani fighter jets have bombed militant targets in the South Waziristan region along the Afghan border.
- Suicide Blast Kills 41 in Northwestern Pakistan VOA 13 Oct 2009 -- A suicide bomber targeting a military convoy killed 41 people and wounded 45 others in northwestern Pakistan.
- US 'Confident' in Pakistan's Nuclear Security VOA 12 Oct 2009 -- US Secretary of State Clinton expressed confidence in Pakistan's government following a predawn raid on militants holding hostages.
- 41 Killed in Blast Near Pakistan's Swat Valley VOA 12 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani police say a suicide bombing near the country's troubled Swat Valley has killed 41 people.
- Suicide bomb attack claims 28 lives in northwest Pakistan RIA Novosti 12 Oct 2009 -- At least 28 people were killed and more than 40 injured in a suicide bomb attack in northwest Pakistan's Malakand region.
- Commandos Free 39 Hostages, Ending Militant Siege in Pakistan VOA 10 Oct 2009 -- Military officials in Pakistan say the siege near the army's headquarters in Rawalpindi, near the capital, Islamabad, is over.
- Gunmen Take Hostages in Attack on Pakistani Army Headquarters VOA 10 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani military officials say gunmen attacked the army's headquarters in Rawalpindi Saturday near the capital, killing six troops.
- 10 dead in Taliban attack on Pakistani army HQ RIA Novosti 10 Oct 2009 -- At least 10 people were killed on Saturday when Taliban gunmen attacked Pakistan's army headquarters in Rawalpindi.
- Blast in northwest Pakistan kills 49 RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2009 -- At least 49 people were killed and some 100 were injured in a suspected suicide car bombing by a crowded market in Peshawar.
- Bomb Blasts NW Pakistan Market, Kills 49 VOA 09 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected suicide bomber exploded a car near the provincial legislative assembly in Peshawar, killing at least 49 people.
- Afghanistan, Pakistan Congratulate Obama on Nobel Peace Prize VOA 09 Oct 2009 -- Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan separately congratulated US President Obama for winning the prestigious 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
- Pakistan's Foreign Minister Says Taliban in Disarray VOA 08 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's FM Qureshi: Terrorists are in retreat in his country and the Taliban are in disarray.
- US Lawmakers Press Pakistan on Religious Tolerance VOA 08 Oct 2009 -- US lawmakers want Pakistan to do more to fight religious intolerance, saying the issue should play a bigger role in US engagement.
- Pakistan Army: Taliban Commander Killed in Swat VOA 07 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's army says security forces killed a top Taliban commander and five other militants in the northwestern Swat Valley.
- Pakistan Army Concerned About US Aid Bill VOA 07 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's top military commanders issued a statement expressing "serious concern" over conditions in unprecedented $7.5 billion U.S. aid bill.
- Pakistan's Foreign Minister Urges Long-Term US Commitment to Region VOA 06 Oct 2009 -- Pakistan's FM Qureshi: US must reassure his country and neighboring Afghanistan that it has a "long-term vision."
- With UN Bombing, Pakistani Taliban Attempts A Comeback RFE/RL 06 Oct 2009 -- A few months ago, the Tehrek-e Taliban Pakistan was the largest extremist militant organization in the country.
- Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility for WFP Bombing VOA 06 Oct 2009 -- The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at UN food agency's headquarters in Islamabad.
- UN Condemns Pakistan Suicide Bombing VOA 05 Oct 2009 -- The UN Secretary-General is condemning the terrorist attack that killed five World Food Program aid workers in Islamabad, Pakistan.
- Ban condemns 'heinous' attack on UN food aid office in Pakistan UN News Centre 05 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban strongly condemned suicide attack against office of the UN World Food Programme in Pakistan.
- Five Killed In Attack On Pakistani UN Office After Taliban Threat RFE/RL 05 Oct 2009 -- Suicide bomber has blown himself up at the UN's World Food Program office in Islamabad, killing at least 5 people.
- Suicide bomber kills three at UN building in Pakistan RIA Novosti 05 Oct 2009 -- Three people were killed in Islamabad when a suspected suicide bomber attacked a UN World Food Program office.
- Suicide Bomb Blast at UN Office in Pakistani Capital VOA 05 Oct 2009 -- Suspected suicide bomb blast hit the offices of the World Food Program in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, killing five people.
- Sources Claim IMU Militant Leader Yuldash Killed RFE/RL 02 Oct 2009 -- Pakistani officials: Leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Tohir Yuldash, was killed in a late-August missile strike.
- US Envoy: Bin Laden, Taliban Leadership Operating in Pakistan VOA 01 Oct 2009 -- Senior US diplomat: Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden alive and in Pakistan.
- Bomb Blast Wounds 3 in Pakistan VOA 01 Oct 2009 -- Authorities in northwest Pakistan say a roadside bomb has wounded three Pakistani troops.
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