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The network has been blamed for some of the deadliest anti-US attacks in Afghanistan, including a suicide attack at a US base in the eastern province of Khost in 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives.
The United States does not officially confirm Predator drone attacks, but its military and the CIA operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy the armed, unmanned aircraft in the region.
More than 21 US drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan since May 2, when US elite forces killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was found living near Pakistan's main military academy.
The raid humiliated the Pakistani military and prompted allegations of incompetence and complicity in sheltering bin Laden.
Drone attacks are unpopular among the Pakistani public, which is opposed to the government's alliance with Washington and sensitive to perceived violations of sovereignty.
Pakistan is seen as a key ally for the United States in its fight against Islamist militancy, but relations have soured since the US launched the raid that killed bin Laden without warning Islamabad.
US officials have long questioned Pakistani ties with extremists, including the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in Afghanistan, and want Islamabad to launch decisive action in North Waziristan.
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[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

AFP: Militant Death Toll From Drone Strike Rises To 21 in North Waziristan
SAP20110810012002 Hong Kong AFP in English 0528 GMT 10 Aug 11
[AFP Report: "US Drone Strike Kills Up To 21 in Pakistan -- Officials"]
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, Aug 10, 2011 (AFP) - A US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district killed up to 21 Afghan fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network on Wednesday, local security officials said.
A US drone fired two missiles, destroying a vehicle and a compound near Miranshah, the main town in the district bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani security officials had said initially that seven fighters were killed.
"More dead bodies have been dug out of the debris. Twenty-one militants from the Haqqani group were killed and three were injured," a Pakistani security official told AFP in Peshawar, the largest city in the northwest.
"All those killed in the strike were Afghans and Haqqani's fighters. The drone strike took place at 02:15 am (local time)," the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media.
Washington has called Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, where Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked networks need to be defeated if the 10-year war in Afghanistan is ever to end.
The Haqqani network is considered the most dangerous enemy of US troops in eastern Afghanistan. It was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is run by his son, Sirajuddin, both designated "global terrorists" by Washington.
A US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district killed up to 21 Afghan fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network on Wednesday, local security officials said.
A US drone fired two missiles, destroying a vehicle and a compound near Miranshah, the main town in the district bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani security officials had said initially that seven fighters were killed.
"More dead bodies have been dug out of the debris. Twenty-one militants from the Haqqani group were killed and three were injured," a Pakistani security official told AFP in Peshawar, the largest city in the northwest.
"All those killed in the strike were Afghans and Haqqani's fighters. The drone strike took place at 02:15 am (local time)," the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media.
Washington has called Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, where Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked networks need to be defeated if the 10-year war in Afghanistan is ever to end.
The Haqqani network is considered the most dangerous enemy of US troops in eastern Afghanistan. It was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is run by his son, Sirajuddin, both designated "global terrorists" by Washington.
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[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

Al-Jazirah TV: Pakistani 'Sources' Say US Drone Attack Kills 21 in Waziristan
GMP20110810650001 Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic 0735 GMT 10 Aug 11
[Announcer-read report.]
Al-Jazirah correspondent in Islamabad has cited Pakistani security sources as saying that 21 people were killed and six others were wounded in a US drone bombardment of a house in Miran Shah in central North Waziristan Province. The sources also said that 14 of those killed belong to Afghan leader Jalaluddin Haqqani's militant network, as well as some foreigners. However, the identities of the dead were not confirmed by independent sources.

[Description of Source: Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic -- Independent Television station financed by the Qatari Government]


Pro-Pakistan Groups Reportedly Face Drone Attacks Monitored by CIA Station Chief
SAP20110813381001 Karachi Ummat Online in Urdu 12 Aug 11
[Report by Saifullah Khalid: Drone Attacks are Being Carried out on Pro-Pakistani Groups  Sources]
Despite strong protests from Pakistan, the drone attacks carried out by the American CIA are still continuing. However, more than 25 innocent people have been martyred in the attacks carried out at sahari [beginning of fast] during the holy month of Ramadan. The drone attacks that resumed all of a sudden after a lull of a little more than a week are giving rise to a number of questions. Countless innocent civilians are getting killed in these attacks whereas several injured people have become crippled for the rest of their life.
In this connection, certain sources told the Ummat that the CIA's drone attacks have been directly monitored by the CIA station chief based in Pakistan and these attacks are taking place with his consent only. This process was in limbo for a while after the American station chief fled Pakistan swiftly a few days ago. It was not a policy-related issue; but, the lull was due to the absence of the station chief in Islamabad. Therefore, due to the arrival of the new CIA station chief, not only the process of drone attacks has resumed, but it is getting intensified as well. The sources say that if we take a closer look at Obama Administration, we can see the manifestation of its policy that his government wants to maintain an attack every fourth day and that whenever there is a long interval, all of a sudden attacks will be carried out one after another and the ratio will be evened out. Regarding the drone attacks on Pakistan, now, even the US ambassador has opposed it and he has written a letter to the CIA asking it to halt these drone attacks. Nevertheless, the CIA has rejected his petition.
One more interesting situation has developed in the tribal areas that the drone attacks are being directed against those groups that did not commit acts of terrorism in Pakistan, whereas the terrorists of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, who carry out acts of terrorism on Pakistan, are roaming freely and no drone attack is directed at them. Another interesting fact is that a drone attack is carried out immediately against any militant who is opposed to Hakimullah Mehsud. In this connection, some people refer to an incident pertaining to Al-Qa'ida leader Sheikh Fateh wherein in a dispute between Hakimullah and Waliur Rahman, he supported the latter and gave his verdict against Hakimullah and immediately after that he was killed in a drone attack. Similarly, when another young man refused to participate in anti-Pakistan activities and dissociated himself from a close ally of Hakimullah, the very next day he was killed along with his 10 associates. According to the sources, now it is believed in Waziristan that the Hakimullah group has some significant role in passing on intelligence information for drone attacks, because of which his opponents only are getting targeted. Aside from this, the process of the massacre of innocent civilians in drone attacks is also continuing. In spite of the US Government's statement that no civilian has been killed in these attacks, the truth is that since 2004 totally 291 attacks have been carried out, of which 236 have taken place during Barack Obama's term of office. In these attacks, 2,863 people got killed so far, of which only 126 were termed as terrorists. The rest of those killed includes peaceful innocent civilians, their children, and women. According to the statistics released by a London-based organization, the number of infants killed in these attacks constitutes 168. Apart from this, the claim of John Brennan -- a senior official of the Government of the United States, which is suffering an economic crisis due to its war mania - made on 29 June that no civilian was killed in the drone attacks in Pakistan in the past one year is absolutely baseless. Even available records negate his claim. One hundred and sixteen drone attacks have been carried out during the 10 months from 23 August last year to 29 June 2011, in which nearly 80 percent innocent civilians, including a large number of children and women, have been killed. It may be noted that the drone attack that took place on Wednesday, 9th day of Ramadan was the third attack in the month of August and also the third in the month of Ramadan, in which totally 35 people have been killed. Although according to a foreign news agency, those 25 people killed in the latest attack were members of the group of Afghan commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, local people say that all those killed were laborers. The sources also say that these drone attacks are, in fact, part of the NRO [National Reconciliation Order] created by Gen Pervez Musharraf. These attacks will continue until the NRO is annulled. On the contrary, sources claim that the military leadership - not the political one - has been raising the contentious issue of drone attacks with the Americans at every meeting; but, thus far, there seems to be no possibility for the resolution of this problem.

[Description of Source: Karachi Ummat Online in Urdu -- Website of the sensationalist, pro-Usama Bin Ladin Urdu daily. Harshly critical of the US, Israel, and India. Propagates Muslim unity to counter US/Western influence. Circulation 20,000. Editor-publisher Rafiq Afghan is an Afghan war veteran; URL: http://www.ummatpublication.com]


AFP: Officials Say US Drone Kills 4 Militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan


SAP20110816049001 Hong Kong AFP in English 0039 GMT 16 Aug 11
[AFP Report: "Drone Kills Four Militants in Pakistan: Officials"]
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, Aug 16, 2011 (AFP) - A US drone strike in a Pakistani tribal area considered home to the most dangerous enemy of American troops in eastern Afghanistan killed at least four militants on Tuesday, officials said.
The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles, hitting a compound and a vehicle parked outside it in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district, a senior security official told AFP.
"At least four militants were killed," the official said, adding that two others were also wounded. Another security official and an intelligence official confirmed the attack and casualties.
Washington has called Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, where Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked networks have rear bases in the 10-year war in Afghanistan.
The identity of the militants was not immediately clear, officials said.
The missiles struck in the main town close to a girls school before dawn as people were starting their Ramadan fast, an AFP reporter, close to the destroyed compound, said.
Militants immediately cordoned off the compound and were busy removing debris, he said.
Although the United States does not publicly confirm drone attacks, its military and the CIA in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy the unmanned Predator aircraft in the region.
North Waziristan is the headquarters of the Haqqani leadership and the main militant bastion in the semi-autonomous tribal belt.
The Haqqani network is considered the deadliest enemy of US troops in eastern Afghanistan. It was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is run by his son, Sirajuddin, both designated "global terrorists" by Washington.
The group has been blamed for some of the worst anti-US attacks in Afghanistan, including a suicide attack at a US base in the eastern province of Khost in 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives.
Around two dozen drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan since elite US forces killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a suburban home near Pakistan's main military academy in Abbottabad, close to the capital, on May 2.
The raid humiliated Pakistan and prompted allegations of incompetence and complicity in sheltering bin Laden.
Pakistan is seen as a key ally for the United States in its fight against Islamist militancy, but relations have soured since the bin Laden raid, which both countries say was carried out without Islamabad being warned.
Drone attacks are unpopular among many Pakistanis, who oppose the alliance with Washington and who are sensitive to perceived violations of sovereignty.
US officials have accused Pakistani intelligence of playing a double game with extremists, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, in order to exert influence in Afghanistan and offset the might of arch-rival India.
Washington's pressure on Islamabad to launch a decisive military campaign in North Waziristan, as Pakistan has conducted elsewhere in the tribal belt, has so far fallen on deaf ears.
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[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

Video Released of Pakistani Teenagers Terror Training in North Waziristan


SAP20110817103010 Islamabad The News Online in English 17 Aug 11
[Report by Amir Mir: "Video of Jehadi training in NWA released"]
LAHORE: The notion that the North Waziristan Agency continues to be used by al-Qaeda and Taliban elements for terrorist training activities has again been confirmed with the release of a fresh video of the Pakistani teenagers being trained in NWA.
The seven-minute-long video, which is titled 'Cubs of Waziristan,' has been released on jihadi websites by the Al Ansar Mailing List. An edited version of the video and the translation has been provided by the SITE Intelligence Group. The location of the training camp seems to be the Mirali area of North Waziristan, which serves as a haven for the fugitive al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership. Coming back to the seven-minute-long video, titled 'Cubs of Waziristan,' it shows a group of 16 teenage jihadis, including six trainers armed with assault rifles and ten young recruits who are standing in a half circle. An older fighter, who seems to be their trainer or leader, is shown citing a verse from the Holy Quran that says Muslims must prepare for war against 'the enemy of Allah and your enemy'.
"In obedience of this divine command, we are preparing militarily and Shariah and faith-wise," the fighter is shown as saying. "In this way, we are erasing ages of humiliation that we tasted and in which we grew up. At times we were scared of match sticks, and now, thanks to Allah, here are the children of the Muslims getting trained in weapons that US Special Forces are trained to use. This is an embodiment of the extirpation of the defeatist moral that was planted in the Islamic Ummah [community].
"The young Pakistani children are then seen undergoing firearms training with pistols, assault rifles, and machine guns. The boys are conducting shooting drills in lanes, with paper targets tacked up on posts. A few of the smaller kids are seen having difficulty handling the recoil of the assault rifles. The video ends with the trainers and the young recruits, who are now armed with assault rifles, standing in line, raising their weapons, and shouting "Allah Almighty is Great".
Located between eastern Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, the North Waziristan Agency also provides shelter to many anti-American terrorist organisations such as the Haqqani Network, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Islamic Jihad Union, the Islamic Army of Great Britain, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Harkatul Jehadul Islami, the Jamaat-ul-Furqaan, the Fidayeen-e-Islami, as well as the splinter groups of the Harkatul Mujahideen (HuM), the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), among others.
Many of the terrorist attacks targeting the American and Western installations and individuals in Pakistan as well as the headquarters of the Pakistani security and intelligence interests, had been jointly planned by al-Qaeda and the TTP in North Waziristan. At the same time, much of al-Qaeda's most wanted core leadership remains in the Mirali, Miramshah and Datta Khel areas of North Waziristan and continues to mastermind bloody acts of terrorism on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border. The US considers the Haqqani Network and its role in the insurgency in Afghanistan among the most difficult challenges the ISAF faces, but has so far simply failed to convince the Pakistani military establishment to take action against the Haqqani Network's safe havens on the Pakistani soil.
The Americans maintain that the North Waziristan has become a hub of the anti-US elements given the fact that it has a common border with Khost, the native Afghan province of Jalaluddin Haqqani.
However, the Pakistani military authorities, despite intense US pressure, have so far shown reluctance to carry out a full-fledged military operation in North Waziristan. They have been insisting that military operations against the militants would be undertaken at the timing of its own choosing and at a scale in keeping with its strength of manpower and military hardware. On the other hand, the American drones have targeted the North Wa ziristan extensively since the dawn of 2010, especially after a suicide bomber killed seven CIA officers in the Khost area of Afghanistan on December 31, 2009 by exploding himself inside the CIA facility.
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[Description of Source: Islamabad The News Online in English -- Website of a widely read, influential English daily, member of the Jang publishing group. Neutral editorial policy, good coverage of domestic and international issues. Usually offers leading news and analysis on issues related to war against terrorism. Circulation estimated at 55,000; URL: http://www.thenews.com.pk/]



Pakistan: Article Says US Facing Strong Taliban Resistance in Afghanistan
SAP20110819100005 Islamabad Ausaf in Urdu 18 Aug 11 p - 10
[Article by Naveed Masood Hashmi: "Have Days of Little Antichrist Been Numbered? [Part II]"]
The US trap of talks with the Taliban stands fizzled out, and through this great achievement, the Taliban have fully succeeded to send a message to the world that no talks will be held till the last soldier of the United States or the NATO Army is present on the Afghan soil, and that their jihad [holy war] will continue.
Jihad against different infidel and aggressor countries has been continuing in Afghanistan for the last about 31 years. Irrespective of whether they were mujahidin who had been resisting the Soviet Army which had landed in Afghanistan with the intention to occupy the country, or the Taliban who are fighting the invading US-NATO Army, all of them have been intensifying their armed activities during the month of Ramadan [Islamic month of fasting] every year to commemorate the Battle of Badr [fought between the Muslims led by Prophet Muhammad and the infidels].
As the Afghan mujahidin have been claiming since the day one that they have waged a jihad as ordained by Islam and are resisting the Soviet Union or the United States with the help of God. Therefore, they observe fast during the month of Ramadan and fight the holy war for the sake of God.
I [writer] also have personally performed this sacred obligation. It was probably in 1991 when under the command of Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, we observed fast during the holy month, and led by our Commander Maulana Shabbir Shaheed we stormed Dr Najibullah's [former Afghan President executed by the Taliban] forces to capture the mini Moscow that is Khost. When our group along with other mujahidin entered Khost as conquerors, the sun had already set. The Russian soldiers and their supporters, the soldiers of 'Najib militia', were killed at the hands of the mujahidin or had fled the battlefield. However, some of them were captured by the mujahidin. Our close friend and great mujahid of the day Hafiz Rabnawaz Jatoi embraced martyrdom after the hiding enemies opened fire on him during the search of Maton Fort in Khost.
When the mujahidin entered Khost, the time to undo fast was over, but General Commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani had announced that the mujahidin will not take even a drop of water from any home, well, canal, or river of Khost. The reason was that the fleeing enemy may have poisoned the water. However, willingly accepting the order of their general commander, the mujahidin neither drank water nor ate any other thing the whole night. I myself collected grass from an Afghan mujahid at 9 pm to undo fast. Then I picked the body of my martyred friend Hafiz Rabnawaz Jatoi and walked to Bari Markaz on foot to bury him.
The purpose of narrating this brief story is that during the month of Ramadan on one hand, a common Muslim develops the capacity to do good job to seek God's blessings while on the other hand, the capacity of jihad also enhances among the mujahidin. Ramadan is described as a month of patience. The battle of Badr was also fought during this month. Therefore, if the Taliban have shot dead more or less three dozen US commandos on board a helicopter during this month, this is an appreciable achievement and a great honor for the sinful people like us. However, this development serves as a bell of alarm for the little antichrist that is the United States and its cronies. Despite testing of every kind of sophisticated weapons by the United States and moving ahead of the Armies of dozens of countries of the world, the Taliban are so powerful that they do not hesitate to kill the US troops in midair. Therefore, the so-called superpower of the world should keep in mind that the days of its becoming 'zero power' in the world are drawing nearer. For how long the United States will continue to re-energize its sinking economy? For how long the breaking news of the United States gets bankrupted would continue to be suppressed? For how long the US rulers will continue to hide the number of their troops being killed in Afghanistan? For how long the United States will continue to enslave the rulers of the Muslim stat es by showing its cosmetic strength? God does not spare even those who shed the blood of an innocent animal on His Earth while the United States is a country which has killed 1.5 million innocent youth, aged people, women and children in just two countries that is Iraq and Afghanistan. How is it possible that the United States will escape God's wrath. We must exercise patience because the days of oppression have been numbered now.

[Description of Source: Islamabad Ausaf in Urdu  Daily supportive of jihadi groups and a hard-line Pakistan policy on Kashmir. Extensively covers extremist groups, catering to religious and anti-US groups, with a circulation of 40,000. Provides good coverage of activities of militants in Waziristan and other tribal areas. Ausaf is also published from Frankfurt and London besides Pakistani cities of Lahore, Multan, and Muzaffarabad.]

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