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June 2014 - Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • Pakistan army launches ground offensive in NW Iran Press TV 30 Jun 2014 -- The Pakistani army says it has launched a ground offensive against pro-Taliban militants in the country's northwest.
  • Pakistan's military begins ground offensive against Taliban militants VoR 30 Jun 2014 -- Pakistan's military launched a ground assault in the North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taliban militants, officials said. Troops moved on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, officials said, after two weeks of air strikes and artillery bombardment of insurgent targets, AFP reports.
  • Pakistan Launches Ground Offensive in North Waziristan VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- Pakistan's military says it has begun a ground offensive against terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan, following two weeks of aerial bombing and evacuation of civilians from the region. The northwestern tribal territory bordering Afghanistan has long been a source of domestic and international terrorist activities.
  • Mass Displacement After Pakistan Offensive VOA 28 Jun 2014 -- As Pakistani forces target Islamist militants in the country's volatile northwest, the government is attempting to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the military operation.
  • Over 500k displaced in Pakistan due to army ops: UN Iran Press TV 27 Jun 2014 -- Over half a million people in Pakistan have been displaced due to recent military operations against pro-Taliban militants in the country's North Waziristan region.
  • UN Warns of Polio Threat as Pakistanis Flee Fighting VOA 24 Jun 2014 -- About 50,000 Pakistanis have crossed into eastern Afghanistan to escape air strikes over the past 10 days and 435,000 have fled within their homeland, which could fuel the spread of polio as many are not vaccinated, U.N. agencies said on Tuesday.
  • Pakistanis Flee North Waziristan VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Pakistan says more than 300,000 people, including women and children have left its North Waziristan border district where an army counter-terrorism offensive is under way. But a senior minister has rejected U.N. reports that thousands of Pakistanis have also fled into Afghanistan to seek safety.
  • Over 300,000 flee Pakistan's tribal areas: Official Iran Press TV 21 Jun 2014 -- The number of people who have escaped Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan has increased to more than 300,000 amid an army operation against pro-Taliban militants in the region, a government official says.
  • Afghan authorities register thousands of refugees fleeing Pakistani clashes - UN UN News Centre 20 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency is helping authorities in the eastern Afghan province of Khost to register and assist thousands of people fleeing the current Pakistani military offensive against Taliban militants in that country's tribal regions.
  • Nuclear forces reduced while modernizations continue, says SIPRI SIPRI 16 Jun 2014 -- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches its annual nuclear forces data, which assesses the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.
  • Pakistani premier pledges to continue operation Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged to continue a military operation against militants in the country's northwestern tribal areas to its logical conclusion.
  • Kabul, Islamabad Vow to Address Challenges VOA 13 Jun 2014 -- On the eve of Afghanistan's runoff election, both presidential hopefuls have tried to reassure neighboring Pakistan they want to improve bilateral ties through enhanced political and economic cooperation. Islamabad has also vowed to strictly adhere to a policy of non-interference, but observers see daunting challenges facing the two nations as they seek to overcome years of mutual suspicion and mistrust.
  • Pakistan Condemns US Drone Strikes VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Two U.S. drone strikes have struck Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan tribal territory on the Afghan border, killing at least 16 suspected militants. The pre-dawn attacks on Thursday have ended the longest pause in the 10-year CIA-run drone campaign.
  • Gunmen attack security training center near Karachi airport Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- Militants have mounted an attack on a training center outside Karachi's international airport in southern Pakistan a day after an all-night siege at the facility left nearly 40 people dead.
  • Pakistani Forces Repel Another Karachi Attack VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- Pakistani forces repelled an attack near Karachi's airport Tuesday, less than 48 hours after a brazen Taliban siege on Pakistan's busiest airport that left at least 36 people dead.
  • Taliban claims responsibility for second Pakistan Karachi airport attack - spokesman VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on Karachi's airport, the second in as many days. At least two gunmen fired on a security checkpost outside the airport before escaping the area. There were no casualties.
  • After Terrorist Attack Pakistan-Taliban Peace Process Hits Roadblock VOA 09 Jun 2014 -- The terrorist attack on Pakistan's busiest and biggest airport in Karachi has stunned many in Pakistan and underscored the security threat facing the country from al-Qaida-linked groups hiding in the volatile northwestern tribal areas along the Afghan border.
  • Karachi airport attack leaves 28 people dead Iran Press TV 09 Jun 2014 -- At least 28 people have been killed after an airport in the Pakistani city of Karachi came under heavy militant attack.
  • Dozens Killed As Militants Attack Pakistani Airport RFE/RL 09 Jun 2014 -- The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on the country's busiest airport that killed at least 28 people.
  • Pakistan Taliban Claims Responsibility for Assault on Karachi Airport VOA 09 Jun 2014 -- The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for Sunday night's deadly assault on the country's largest international airport in Karachi that left at least 28 people dead, including 10 "terrorists" and more than a dozen security personnel.
  • Militants Storm Karachi Airport, Pilgrims Killed Near Iran Border RFE/RL 08 Jun 2014 -- Heavily armed gunmen have attacked one of Pakistan's busiest airports, with reports early on June 9 saying at least seven people had been killed as a fierce battle continued.
  • Civilians begin to flee new offensive against Pakistan militants IRIN 06 Jun 2014 -- The ancient Pakistani town of Bannu, lying just outside the North Waziristan Agency– a stronghold for insurgents operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan – is a now a centre for displaced families escaping a looming government offensive in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
  • Russia Scraps Arms Trade Embargo on Pakistan RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2014 -- Russia has lifted an embargo on sales of weapons and military hardware to Pakistan and is planning to supply Islamabad with attack helicopters, the head of Russia's state defense corporation Rostec said Monday.

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