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
10:13 AM ET

U.S. contradicts Taliban leader on bin Laden visits

Visits by outsiders to the Osama bin Laden compound were "few and far between," a U.S. official said.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, disputed comments published in the Daily Beast website from a Taliban leader in Afghanistan who suggested Osama bin Laden was not isolated and did receive visitors at the Pakistan compound. The Daily Beast report said the senior Taliban leader claimed to have visited bin Laden in the Abbottabad compound two years ago.

While more could be learned about bin Laden's activities, including visitors, as U.S. agents go through the materials seized from the compound, but thus far U.S. intelligence suggests visits were "infrequent," according to the official.

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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 13th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Suicide attacks in Pakistan kill 80; Taliban claim bin Laden revenge

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for suicide attacks on a military training facility in the nation's northwest, saying they were in retaliation for the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden.

The twin suicide bombings killed at least 80 people, nearly all of them military recruits who had just completed their training, said Bashir Ahmad Bilour, a senior provincial minister. About 140 others were injured.

"Pakistani and the U.S. forces should be ready for more attacks," said Ihsan Ullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, who accused the Pakistani military of telling the United States where bin Laden was.

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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.
Pakistan and the war on terror

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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May 11th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Madrassa teaches children to hate U.S.

CNN's Stan Grant visits a madrassa, an Islamic school, in Kabul, Afghanistan, where children learn to hate America.

May 11th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Bin Laden's death may spur reintegration

The U.S. Army reports some reintegration has taken place in Afghanistan since bin Laden's death.

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