Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2010 - Pakistan Special Weapons News
- Millions of Pakistanis still in need of post-flood assistance, say UN officials UN News Centre 31 Dec 2010 -- Millions of Pakistanis are still in need of assistance as they recover from the floods that inundated large portions of the country during what was one of the most challenging years for the South Asian nation, two senior United Nations officials stated today.
- Pakistani PM condemns US drone strikes IRNA 29 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani here Wednesday condemned US drone strikes in tribal regions and said these are counterproductive.
- Drone Strikes Kill 15 in Pakistan VOA 28 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani authorities say suspected U.S. drone strikes killed at least 15 militants in the northwestern tribal region on Tuesday.
- Assassinations Mark Worsening Conflict In Balochistan RFE/RL 28 Dec 2010 -- Death tolls are rising in Pakistan's Balochistan Province, adding to fear that the low-level separatist conflict in the resource-rich region is worsening.
- UN Suspends Food Aid in Pakistani Tribal Region VOA 26 Dec 2010 -- The World Food Program has suspended distribution of food in a Pakistani tribal region where a suicide bomber killed at least 45 people near a WFP center.
- Taliban claims responsibility for Pakistan deadly blast RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2010 -- The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for Saturday's suicide bombing in the country's northwest tribal area, which killed at least 43 people and injured 90 others, CNN said.
- Pakistan: Ban condemns 'heinous' attack outside food aid centre UN News Centre 26 Dec 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack that took place on Saturday outside a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in north-west Pakistan that reportedly killed 45 people and injured many others.
- Bombing of Anti-Taliban Tribe Kills 45 in Pakistan VOA 26 Dec 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned a suicide attack against members of an anti-Taliban tribe in northwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistani forces kill 40 militants in tribal region IRNA 25 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani security forces Saturday launched a major operation in a tribal region and killed nearly 40 militants, reports said.
- Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 40 At Food Center In Pakistan RFE/RL 25 Dec 2010 -- At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the town of Khar in the volatile Bajaur region in northwestern Pakistan.
- Suspected Suicide Bomber Kills 43 in Pakistan VOA 25 Dec 2010 -- Authorities in northwestern Pakistan say a suspected suicide blast has killed at least 43 people and wounded scores. The attack comes a day after Taliban insurgents launched coordinated assaults on security forces in a neighboring district that left 11 soldiers and 24 militants dead. Ayaz Gul has the details from Islamabad.
- Turkey Hosts Trust-Building Talks Between Afghanistan, Pakistan VOA 24 Dec 2010 -- Turkey hosted its 5th meeting between heads of state of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Istanbul in an effort to improve relations between the two countries.
- Deadly Clashes Erupt in Pakistan Border Region VOA 24 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani security officials say some 150 militants stormed five checkpoints in northwest Pakistan Friday in a coordinated attack that left 11 soldiers and 24 militants dead. The clashes took place overnight in the Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border.
- Pakistan: Intelligence Chief Won't Be Forced to Appear in US Court VOA 23 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) will not be forced to appear in any U.S. court. Gilani made a speech to Pakistan's National Assembly Thursday, over what he called a "sensitive issue."
- U.S. Denies Reports of Planned Pakistan Raids VOA 21 Dec 2010 -- NATO officials are strongly denying a report they plan expand special forces raids into Pakistan's tribal areas.
- U.S., NATO Not Planning Ground Ops in Pakistan, Officials Say AFPS 21 Dec 2010 -- Neither the United States nor NATO forces are planning to conduct ground operations in Pakistan, Pentagon and International Security Assistance Force officials said today.
- Pakistan Says Test Of Medium-Range Missile Successful RFE/RL 21 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan's military says it has successfully test fired a medium-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.
- NATO supplies container burnt, driver injured IRNA 18 Dec 2010 -- Unidentified armed men in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province. Saturday fired at a container, carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan and injured its driver and another person, police said.
- US drone strikes kill 35 more in Pakistan, mostly civilians IRNA 18 Dec 2010 -- US drone aircraft launched series of strikes in a Pakistani tribal region Friday killing 35 people, mostly civilians, local TV channels reported.
- CIA station head leaves Pakistan over security threats IRNA 18 Dec 2010 -- Head of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Islamabad has been recalled by US authorities over security threats, local media reported Friday.
- CIA Pulls Its Chief From Pakistan RFE/RL 18 Dec 2010 -- The CIA has recalled it top officer from Pakistan after his cover was blown and his life threatened.
- US Enjoy Confident Pakistan to Strike Insurgents VOA 17 Dec 2010 -- Washington's ambassador to Pakistan says the United States is confidents Pakistan will launch an anti-insurgency offensive in its border region.
- President Obama calls Zardari over Afghan policy review IRNA 17 Dec 2010 -- President Obama called President Asif Ali Zardari and apprised the Pakistan President of the salient features of the just concluded US policy review on Afghanistan.
- Is Pakistan Looking The Other Way On U.S. Drone Strikes? RFE/RL 17 Dec 2010 -- Authorities in Pakistan claim two U.S. missile strikes have killed dozens of suspected militants in the Khyber tribal agency.
- Drone Attacks Kill More Than 54 In Pakistan's Khyber RFE/RL 17 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani security officials say three separate U.S. missile attacks today killed at least 54 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber region near the Afghan border.
- Suspected U.S. Missile Attacks Kill 25 In Pakistan's Northwest RFE/RL 17 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani security officials say three separate U.S. missile attacks have killed at least 25 suspected militants.
- Deadly US Missiles Target Pakistani Militant Bases VOA 17 Dec 2010 -- Suspected U.S. missile strikes have killed at least 24 people in the Khyber region of northwestern Pakistan, where such strikes are rare.
- 24 die in US drone strikes in Pakistan IRNA 17 Dec 2010 -- US drone aircraft launched three attacks in a Pakistani tribal region on Friday and killed 24 people.
- Rockets kill 6 in NW Pakistan IRNA 17 Dec 2010 -- Rockets fired from unknown direction struck a house in northwest Pakistan and killed at least 6 people and injured several others.
- Pakistan condemns suicide attack in Iran IRNA 17 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack in the Iranian port city of Chabahar on December 15.
- Dwindling funding could leave Pakistan flood survivors without aid UN News Centre 17 Dec 2010 -- The UN and its partners warned that humanitarian needs remain enormous amid dwindling resources.
- Overview of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review The White House 16 Dec 2010
- Statement by the President on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review The White House 16 Dec 2010
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Defense Gates and General Cartwright The White House 16 Dec 2010
- Review Validates Efforts in Afghanistan, Mullen Says AFPS 16 Dec 2010 -- The Afghanistan-Pakistan review President Barack Obama announced validates what servicemembers have been doing throughout the theater.
- Obama Cites 'Significant' Progress Against al-Qaida AFPS 16 Dec 2010 -- The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan is showing significant signs of progress in halting Taliban momentum in Afghanistan and dismantling al-Qaida in the region.
- Afghanistan-Pakistan Review Charts Progress in Strategy AFPS 16 Dec 2010 -- The Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review, released today, offers a national security staff-led assessment of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Flournoy: U.S.-Pakistan Relations 'Central' to Fight AFPS 16 Dec 2010 -- The relationship with Pakistan is central to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, where coalition troops will continue to focus on al-Qaida safe havens.
- U.S. drone kills 7 in Pakistan IRNA 16 Dec 2010 -- A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into a Pakistani tribal region and killed at least 7 people.
- Blast near Shiite procession injures several in Pakistan IRNA 16 Dec 2010 -- A bomb blast near a procession of Shia Muslims injured several people in the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar.
- Gunmen kill three Shiites in target attack IRNA 16 Dec 2010 -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead three Shiites in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday in apparent target and sectarian attack.
- Certain Pakistani local officials linked with terror activities: Iran official IRNA 16 Dec 2010 -- Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali Abdollahi: Certain local officials in Pakistan are linked with terror attacks.
- Defense Official: Pakistan Deserves U.S. Respect, Support AFPS 15 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan deserves America’s respect and support for its fight against extremists in the country.
- US drones kill four people in NW Pakistan IRNA 15 Dec 2010 -- US drone aircraft Tuesday fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least four people, security officials in region said.
- Taliban kill two Pakistani soldiers IRNA 15 Dec 2010 -- Taliban militants attacked a check point in a Pakistani tribal region and killed two soldiers.
- Gunmen kill 3 custodians of Pakistani shrine IRNA 15 Dec 2010 -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead three custodians of a shrine in the outskirts of the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar.
- Pakistan faces political crisis as coalition partner quits IRNA 15 Dec 2010 -- A major partner in the ruling coalition of Pakistan Peoples Party's government announced that it is parting ways with the government.
- Holbrooke Death Leaves Vacuum at Center of Afghan Policy VOA 14 Dec 2010 -- The sudden death of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke comes at a crucial moment in U.S. policymaking in South Asia.
- Richard Holbrooke Difficult to Replace, Say Leaders in South Asia VOA 14 Dec 2010 -- Leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan says they are deeply sorrowed by the sudden death of Richard Holbrooke.
- Mullen: Region Will Feel Loss of Holbrooke AFPS 14 Dec 2010 -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The death of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke will be felt in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region.
- Mullen Meets With Pakistanis to Align Interests, Goals AFPS 14 Dec 2010 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Pakistan today on his 21st visit to a key ally in the war against extremists in Central Asia.
- Key Islamic Party Quits Pakistan Government RFE/RL 14 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan's most prominent Islamic politician has withdrawn his party from the coalition government.
- Senior CIA official, Pakistan PM discuss terror war IRNA 13 Dec 2010 -- PM Raza Gilani underlined the need for having a common strategy by Pakistan, US, Allied Forces and Afghanistan to fight the menace of terrorism.
- Pakistan summons French, German envoys over allegations IRNA 13 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan summoned envoys of France and Germany and lodged protests over statements of leaders of the two countries.
- Blast kills child, driver of school bus in Pakistan: minister IRNA 13 Dec 2010 -- A bomb attack on a school bus killed a child and its driver in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, a provincial minister said.
- Bomb Kills Driver, Injures Two Children In Pakistan RFE/RL 13 Dec 2010 -- Police said a roadside bomb exploded near a school bus in the city of Peshawar, killing the driver and wounding at least two children.
- Pakistani forces kill 9 militants in NW IRNA 12 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani security forces Saturday killed 9 suspected Taliban militants in a tribal region and the insurgency-hit Swat valley, official sources said.
- Pakistan court indicts police over Benazir Bhutto murder IRNA 12 Dec 2010 -- An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan Saturday ordered to indict two senior police officers accused of negligence in the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
- Fighting returns to Pakistan’s Waziristan IRNA 11 Dec 2010 -- Fighting between security forces and Taliban militants has been reported in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region with army killing four militants, including a commander, sources and local media said Friday.
- Pakistan slams exception in nuclear cooperation IRNA 10 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan has cautioned that creating exceptions for any country is not only a step backward in terms of promoting peace nuclear cooperation but also has serious implications for regional and global security.
- WikiLeaks Proving A Political Bombshell In Pakistan RFE/RL 10 Dec 2010 -- 'Don't trust WikiLeaks,' Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told journalists recently while discussing confidential U.S. diplomatic cables published by the whistle-blower site. The leaks, he said, are 'the observations of junior diplomats.'
- Press Conference on United Nations Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan United Nations 09 Dec 2010
- PAKISTAN: IDPs from South Waziristan begin hesitant return IRIN 09 Dec 2010 -- For more than a year, houses in the town of Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtoonkh’wa province have been rented by internally displaced persons (IDPs) from South Waziristan, most of them displaced since October 2009 when the Pakistan military launched an operation against Taliban militants in the area.
- US drones kill five more people in NW Pakistan IRNA 07 Dec 2010 -- US drone aircraft Monday fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least five people, security officials in region said.
- 50 die in Pakistan’s twin suicide attacks: minister IRNA 07 Dec 2010 -- Two suicide bombers Monday targeted a meeting of pro-government tribal elders in a Pakistani tribal region and killed at least 50 people, a provincial minister said.
- Taliban claim responsibility for twin suicide attacks: minister IRNA 07 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani Taliban Monday claimed responsibility for twin suicide attacks on a meeting of pro-government tribal elders in a tribal region, which killed at least 50 people, local media reported.
- Chief Minister escapes suicide attack in SW Pakistan IRNA 07 Dec 2010 -- The Chief Minister of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province escaped unhurt in a suicide bomb attack on Tuesday, police said.
- Urgent funds needed as winter, polio compound Pakistan flood emergency – UN UN News Centre 07 Dec 2010 -- The humanitarian situation in Pakistan remains precarious four months after the devastating floods and could worsen this winter with more children at risk of acute respiratory infections and malnutrition, even as polio cases increase, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.
- Dozens Killed in Twin Blasts in Northwest Pakistan VOA 06 Dec 2010 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a suicide attack in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan has killed at least 50 people. The deadly attack took place in the Mohmand tribal district where Pakistani security forces are engaged in anti-insurgency operations.
- UN humanitarian chief urges continued support for conflict-affected Pakistanis UN News Centre 05 Dec 2010 -- The United Nations top humanitarian official today visited people affected by conflict in northwestern Pakistan and appealed for continued humanitarian assistance for them, many of whom expressed their desire to return to their areas of origin.
- IDPs of Pakistan’s Waziristan start repatriation IRNA 05 Dec 2010 -- Repatriation of the thousands of tribesmen displaced as a result of the military operation against the Taliban militants in South Waziristan tribal region started on Saturday under tight security, officials said.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan Leaders Reject Credibility of WikiLeaks Documents VOA 04 Dec 2010 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected allegations from leaked U.S. diplomatic cables depicting Afghan President Hamid Karzai as politically weak.
- Pakistani court rejects ban request on Wikileaks IRNA 03 Dec 2010 -- A court in Pakistan rejected an application seeking ban on WikiLeaks website and ruled the people must know the facts.
- Pakistan's flood-affected people in need of more assistance - UN official UN News Centre 03 Dec 2010 -- The United Nations humanitarian chief visited the flood-ravaged area of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh.
- Ceremony Marks End of Pakistan Flood Relief Operations AFPS 02 Dec 2010 -- U.S. troops supporting the humanitarian relief effort to flood-stricken Pakistan ended their mission.
- UN humanitarian chief begins second visit to flood-hit Pakistan UN News Centre 02 Dec 2010 -- The United Nations humanitarian chief arrived in Pakistan for her second visit to the South Asian nation since it was struck by floods.
- Pakistani PM terms WikiLeaks documents 'misleading' IRNA 01 Dec 2010 -- Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani described as misleading the WikiLeaks documents about Pakistan.
- Pakistan Dismisses Fears over Safety of its Nuclear Weapons VOA 01 Dec 2010 -- Pakistan's foreign office dismissed fears over the safety of the nation's nuclear weapons revealed in leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.
- Cables Show U.S. Worry Over Pakistani Nuclear Material RFE/RL 01 Dec 2010 -- Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables reveal Western concerns that Islamist militants might get access to Pakistan's nuclear material.
- Spain Arrests at Least 7 With Suspected Links to Mumbai Attacks VOA 01 Dec 2010 -- Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested at least seven people suspected of ties to the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
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