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Taliban’s influence rising in Afghanistan, Study says

TalibanAccording to the findings of a study released Tuesday, the influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan is growing among its traditional Pashtun population while the radical Islamist grouping increasingly appeals to non-Pashtuns too. Mounting anger over the conduct of foreign troops had contributed to the convergence of the groups that had previously supported the international engagement in the country, according to the study published by the independent Afghan Analysis Network.Full Story : Sindhtoday.com…..

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Pakistan Claims Advances in Swat Offensive

TalibanPakistan says its security forces have made further advances in the militant-dominated Swat valley and neighboring districts, killing 55 Taliban militants. The fighting, which began late last month, has now forced nearly one million people to flee to safer areas. Full Story : VOANews.com…..

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Pakistan Refugees Say Army Assault Made Them Homeless

pakistan-refugeesPakistanis fleeing the Swat Valley say the army shelled their villages, killing civilians in its offensive this week against Taliban militants. As a United Nations-estimated half-million people fled the battle, refugees reaching Mardan, a town 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Swat, said army artillery barrages killed an unknown number of non-combatant residents.Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Thousands Flee Swat Ahead of Expected Fighting

swat-valleyThousands of panicked civilians began fleeing the conflict-ridden Swat Valley region Tuesday, fearing a full-fledged confrontation between government forces and Taliban fighters after the insurgents declared an end to their peace accord with the government. Full Story : WashingtonPost.com…..

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Taliban: Pakistan pact under threat

swat-valleyPakistan’s peace pact with the Taliban is close to collapse, a Taliban spokesman has warned, accusing the government and the army of being stooges for the US. The warning came as Pakistani troops continued their offensive against Taliban fighters in Buner in the country’s northwest on Monday, killing seven fighters. Full Story : Aljazeera.net….

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Nuclear fears prompt Pakistan to prepare attack on Taleban

TalibanThousands of Pakistani troops were massing for an assault on Taleban positions 65 miles from the country‚Äôs capital last night after giving the insurgents 24 hours to withdraw from their advanced positions or face attack. A recent deal between Mr Zardari and the Taleban in the Swat Valley, allowing them to establish a fundamentalist enclave in the region. Full Story : Timesonline.co.uk…..

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Taliban in Swat expands control

swat-valleyThe Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat valley has moved into a neighbouring district in an apparent move to expand its control of the region, officials have said. The move comes despite a deal between the Pakistan government and the pro-Taliban forces designed to end months of fighting in Swat. Full Story : Aljazeera.net….

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Video: radicals beat girl, 17, in Islamic stronghold of Swat, Pakistan

This grainy footage appears to show a 17-year-old girl being beaten by Islamic radicals in Pakistan’s northwestern region of Swat, where Sharia law was introduced after the government reached a truce with the Taleban in February. Full Story : Timesonline..

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Militants shoot down drone in Pakistan

droneTaliban militants Saturday shot down a suspected drone aircraft in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said. Residents and a local police official said two drones were flying low over a village in the South Waziristan tribal district when one of them was hit by militant fire. In 2008 alone more than 200 people had been killed in drone attacks in the area. Full Story : AFP.com…..

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Doubts cast over Swat ceasefire

pakistan swat valleyTaliban fighters in Pakistan have said they will review a 10-day truce in Pakistan’s Swat valley when it runs out next week, disputing a government claim that a permanent ceasefire had been agreed. Swat is a North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan located 160 km/100 miles from Islamabad. In December 2008 most of the area was captured by the Taliban.

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NATO cautions Pakistan over talks with Taliban

afghanistan flagNATO warned Tuesday that Pakistan risked creating a safe haven for Islamist extremists after it struck a deal to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive in the former tourist haven of Swat. Taliban governed Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, until it was removed from power by Northern Alliance and NATO forces. While in power, the Taliban implemented the strictest interpretation of Sharia law ever seen in the Muslim world. Full Story : AP…..

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