October 6, 2010

News from the Front: 10/06/2010 - Pakistan

Taliban Claim NATO Tanker Arson Attack To Avenge US Drone Strikes - The Taliban said Wednesday its militants carried out an arson attack on NATO tankers in Pakistan as revenge for a scaled-up U.S. drone strike campaign in the country's northwest. (READ MORE)

US may dump Pak for 'safer' Russian route for NATO supplies to Afghanistan - In a move that would hurt Pakistan in financial terms, the Centcom high command has decided to open an alternate supply route for NATO convoys carrying supplies to Afghanistan via Russia and central Asia, following the blockage of the main land route at Torkham on the Pak-Afghan border. (READ MORE)

Work Continues to Re-Open Torkham Gate - U.S. officials and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are working with the Pakistani government to re-open the Torkham Gate crossing from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today at a Pentagon news briefing. (READ MORE)

Pak police, vehicle-owners play blame game as unguarded NATO convoys remain at risk - As convoys carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan remain suspended for a full week now, there have been concerns about their safety as they stand idle in Pakistani territory following two incidents where such vehicles were set ablaze by miscreants. (READ MORE)

35 NATO oil tankers torched in Pakistan - Thirty-five oil tankers carrying fuel supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan were set ablaze Wednesday in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan, police said. (READ MORE)

Afghan, Pakistani Officials In Talks In Kabul With Taliban - RFE/RL has learned that talks are under way in Kabul today between Taliban representatives, Afghan officials, and a Pakistani government delegation. (READ MORE)

Taliban 'remove German militants' bodies' after attack - The Taliban have removed the bodies of eight militants killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, the BBC has been told. (READ MORE)

Musharraf: Pakistan backed militants in attacks on India - Pakistan provided support and training for militants to fight in India in an attempt to focus world attention on Kashmir, the country's former president said in a recent magazine interview. (READ MORE)

NATO to Issue Results Of Pakistan Cross - Border Probe - NATO will soon release the results of a joint probe with Pakistan into last week's killing of three Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border incursion by Western forces, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

U.S. Slams Pakistani Effort On Militants - A new White House assessment steps up criticism of Pakistan's campaign against militants, stating bluntly that its government and military have been unwilling to take action against al Qaeda and like-minded terrorists. (READ MORE)

German Militants Training in Afghanistan, Pakistan - German officials say a number of Germans are traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan for militant training, and several have returned to live in Germany. (READ MORE)

Drone attacks 'linked' to suspected Europe terror plot - A recent increase in US drone attacks in Pakistan is linked to a suspected al-Qaeda plot to attack European targets, Pakistan's US envoy says. Hussein Haqqani also confirmed that five Germans were among eight militants killed in a strike on Monday. (READ MORE)

Strike Killed German, Arab Militants, U.S. Says - A Central Intelligence Agency drone strike Monday in Pakistan's tribal areas is believed to have killed a group of German and Arab militants in an intensified American campaign aimed in part at disrupting terrorist plots in Europe, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

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