Taliban and Pakistan reject speculation Mullah Omar is dead
Mullah Omar, the top leader of the Afghan Taliban, is shown in this undated photo sometime before October 2001.
May 23rd, 2011
11:36 AM ET

Taliban and Pakistan reject speculation Mullah Omar is dead

The Afghan Taliban forcefully denied reports Monday that their leader is dead, dismissing them as "claims and rumors" from the "Kabul stooge regime's intelligence directorate."

Mullah Mohammed Omar "is alive and well and is leading the Mujahideen in all aspects while living safely with reliance on Allah," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

His statement came after suggestions that Omar might have been killed recently.

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May 23rd, 2011
11:25 AM ET

10 Pakistani troops killed in gun battle at naval base

At least 10 members of Pakistan's military were killed in a gun battle between security forces and Taliban militants at a naval base in the coastal city of Karachi, authorities said Monday.

The clashes raged for hours after attackers with guns and grenades stormed the compound Sunday night. By Monday afternoon, the base had "been cleared from the terrorists," a Pakistani navy spokesman said.

In addition to the 10 dead, at least 15 other Pakistani troops were wounded in the fighting, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

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May 18th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

14 dead in attack on police bus in Afghanistan

A suicide attack in an eastern Afghan province Wednesday killed 14 people and wounded 18 others, police said.

The suicide bomber targeted a police bus that was coming from a training academy, said Alisha Paktiawal, police chief of Nangarhar province. The dead included 10 police.

Militants often target security forces in Afghanistan. An explosion in April killed three police academy trainers in Nangarhar.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack in a statement and blamed it on terrorists intimidated by the growing strength of Afghan security forces.

Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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May 18th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

At least 10 dead as Afghans protest NATO raid victims

At least 10 people were killed and 70 injured Wednesday during protests against a NATO raid that Afghan officials say killed civilians in northern Afghanistan, according to local officials and German military officers.

Protesters clashed with police during the demonstrations attended by about 4,000 people, said Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa of Takhar province.

They were protesting an attack Tuesday night that NATO said killed four insurgents, including two armed females.

However, a deputy governor said the victims of the attack included a man, his wife and a guest not linked to any insurgent group.

Afghan officials said 11 people were killed during the protests, while German officials put the death toll at 10.
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Workers relax in Kabul on Wednesday, the morning after a NATO strike killed four insurgents, including two armed females.
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Militants attack security post in Pakistan, killing 2
Relatives and officers carry the coffin of a Pakistani policeman killed during a militant attack in Peshawar on Wednesday.
May 18th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Militants attack security post in Pakistan, killing 2

More than 60 militants attacked a security checkpoint Wednesday, killing two security personnel and wounding five others in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Ten militants were killed in the gun battle that occurred in a village near Peshawar, a senior police official said.

This attack comes a day after a contentious clash between NATO troops and Pakistani forces in the same area.

On Tuesday, two Pakistani soldiers were injured during clashes with NATO forces.
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Officials: NATO clashes with Pakistani troops
Pakistani officials said NATO forces fired on a military check post in a village in North Waziristan.
May 17th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Officials: NATO clashes with Pakistani troops

Tensions mounted Tuesday when NATO helicopters flying in eastern Afghanistan fired across the border into Pakistan after being fired on twice, according to a NATO official.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force later received reports that two Pakistani soldiers were wounded.

Two coalition helicopters supporting operations at U.S. Forward Operating Base Tillman in Afghanistan were fired upon from the Pakistani side of the border, said the NATO official, who did not want to be identified because the information has not yet been released publicly. After being fired upon a second time, the helicopters returned fire, the official said.

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May 17th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Pakistan announces arrest of senior al Qaeda militant

A senior al Qaeda operative has been arrested by security agencies in Karachi, the Pakistani military said in a statement Tuesday.

The military identified the man as Muhammad Ali Qasim, also known as Abu Sohaib al Makki, a Yemeni national who has been working directly under al Qaeda leaders along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The arrest is a major development in unraveling the al Qaeda network operating in the region, and comes more than two weeks after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a military operation in Pakistan.

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May 17th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

Pakistani police foil suicide attack

Pakistani police foiled a suicide attack Tuesday in the southwestern city of Quetta when they killed five militants laden with explosives.

Police stopped the three women and two men after they pulled up to a checkpoint, said Daud Junejo, police chief in Quetta, the capital of restive Balochistan province. The five threatened police, telling them they were suicide bombers.
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May 17th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

U.S. drone strikes pick up after Osama bin Laden's death

he United States has sent drones to strike at suspected militants in Pakistan five times in the last 11 days, nearly triple the pace prior to the successful May 1 raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

The latest strike occurred Monday, when a suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed 10 suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media said the suspected drone fired two missiles on a militant's hideout in the area of Mir Ali of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The Monday strike was the 25th suspected U.S. drone strike this year, according to a CNN count.

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May 12th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Officials: Three killed in drone strike in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed three people Thursday in Pakistan's tribal region, intelligence officials said.

The victims were suspected militants, the officials said.

The missiles struck their vehicle as they were traveling in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Thursday's suspected drone strike was the 23rd this year compared with 111 in all of 2010, according to a CNN tally.
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Another suspected U.S. drone strike killed three alleged militants Tuesday when two missiles struck a vehicle in South Waziristan.

The United States does not comment on suspected drone strikes. But it is the only country in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.

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