March 17th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Officials: Suspected drone strike kills up to 30 in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed up to 30 people Thursday after targeting a meeting of local elders in Pakistan's remote tribal areas, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the drone fired two missiles on the jirga meeting in the area of Data Khel of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

One official said 30 died in the strike, while a second official said that 24 had died. There was no explanation for the discrepancy.

An additional 14 people were reported injured, including some civilians, the sources said.
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March 16th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

CIA contractor released after Pakistan killings

A CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani men was released from jail Wednesday after $1.4 million in compensation was paid to their families, according to a lawyer closely connected to the case .

Raymond Davis - who has now left Pakistan, according to a U.S. official not authorized to speak for attribution - had been in jail since January in a case that has strained the always tense relationship between the United States and Pakistan.

The families of two men he killed forgave him, a government official said Wednesday.

Davis' immediate destination after being released was unclear.

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March 8th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly attack in Punjab province.

At least 24 people - mostly civilians - were killed and 105 others were wounded when a bomb went off at a compressed natural gas station Tuesday, officials said.
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Lawyers for CIA contractor in Pakistan receive court documents
U.S. officials originally said Raymond Davis was a diplomat, but later revealed he is a CIA contractor.
March 8th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Lawyers for CIA contractor in Pakistan receive court documents

The legal team for Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor accused of killing two Pakistani men, received documents Tuesday that it had requested in the case.

Chaudhry Numan Atiq, a lawyer for one of the shooting victims, said the case has been adjourned until March 16 when Davis is expected to be formally charged.

Davis' lawyer had asked the government to provide documents outlining the evidence against him. The paperwork was delivered Tuesday.

The Lahore Lower Court court ruled last Thursday that Davis does not have diplomatic immunity.

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4 killed in Pakistan attacks targeting tankers carrying fuel for NATO
Pakistani firefighters attempt to extinguish burning NATO oil tankers on the outskirts of Peshawar on February 25, 2011.
February 25th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

4 killed in Pakistan attacks targeting tankers carrying fuel for NATO

Four people were killed in northwest Pakistan Friday when more than two dozen armed attackers blew up oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, police said.

Militants wielding automatic weapons first killed two guards at the main gate of a terminal on the outskirts of Peshawar city, where 18 tankers were parked, senior police official Imtiaz Shah said.

The attackers then planted explosive devices under a dozen tankers, he said, and killed two drivers who were sleeping in the terminal.

About 15 tankers were damaged after catching fire in the blasts, which occurred around 2 a.m. Friday, Shah said.

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Accused CIA contractor appears in Pakistan court
U.S. officials originally said Raymond Davis was a diplomat, but later revealed he is a CIA contractor.
February 25th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Accused CIA contractor appears in Pakistan court

Raymond Davis, the American accused of killing two Pakistani men, appeared in a Pakistani court Friday where he was handed documents that detailed the case against him.

The court then adjourned until March 3 when Davis is expected to be formally charged.

The case has strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, a key ally in the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan, and many Pakistanis are outraged by the incident.

Davis has said that the shooting occurred after he was attacked by two men as he drove through a busy Lahore neighborhood on January 27, according to the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

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February 24th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Suspected drone strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed five suspected militants on Thursday, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the drone fired two missiles on the militant's hideout in the area of Data Khel in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The intelligence officials asked not be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Based on a count by the CNN Islamabad bureau Thursday's suspected drone strike was the eleventh this year.

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Pakistani judge delays hearing for jailed U.S. diplomat
February 17th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Pakistani judge delays hearing for jailed U.S. diplomat

A Pakistani judge on Thursday postponed until March 14 a hearing for a jailed American diplomat accused of shooting and killing two men, a government official said.

Thursday's hearing was delayed after the Foreign Ministry asked that it be given three weeks to respond to questions from the Lahore High Court about whether Raymond Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity, according to Khawaja Haris, a senior government attorney.

Davis was not in court and neither was his lawyer or any representative from the U.S. Embassy, Haris said.

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February 15th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Official: Veteran diplomat to be U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Former ambassador Marc Grossman will be named this week to replace the late Richard Holbrooke as the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior Obama administration official said.

The official was not authorized to speak on the record about who would assume the position as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile region.

Grossman is currently vice chairman of the Cohen Group, a Washington-based consulting group headed by former U.S. defense secretary and senator William Cohen.

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February 7th, 2011
09:08 AM ET

4 accused as U.S. spies, killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Militants in northwest Pakistan shot and killed four men they accused of spying for the United States, police told CNN.

The bullet-riddled bodies were found Saturday dumped along a road in North Waziristan, a district in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border, said senior police official Sajid Mohmand. FULL POST

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