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Do drone strikes combat the Taliban in Pakistan?

Drone strikes matter, but mostly for Taliban violence in Pakistan

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Don’t make Pakistan a scapegoat for your failures, PM Khan tells US President Trump

Record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan

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Pakistan raises Aafia Siddiqui issue with US authorities regularly: FO

Foreign minister is expected to meet Dr Siddiqui’s sister soon

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Aafia Siddiqui asks her ‘hero’ Imran Khan to help her get out of prison

A New York court had sentenced her to 86 years in prison in 2010

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Narco-killer heroin, more deadly than suicide bombers in Pakistan

43% of the drugs produced in Afghanistan go through Pakistan

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Jihadists pull heavy arms from parts of Syria buffer zone: monitor

The NLF pullout was confirmed by spokesman Naji Mustafa

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ISIS weakening provided al Qaeda opportunity to regain its former status: NATO

Al Qaeda is trying to regain its primacy over international militancy as Islamic State loses ground

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Kenya and Tanzania remember Al-Qaeda bomb attacks of 1998

Kenya and Tanzania on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of devastating US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, which signaled Al-Qaeda’s emergence as a deadly player on the global stage. In Nairobi, a solemn ceremony reunited families of the victims and officials at a memorial park in the centre of the Kenyan capital,…

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Osama’s son Hamza could be in Afghanistan, says his uncle

Hamza bin Laden, the son of one of Osama bin Laden’s three surviving wives, could be hiding in Afghanistan, said bin Laden’s half-brother. In an interview with the Guardian, bin Laden’s half-brother Hassan al-Attas said: “We’re not sure where he is, but it could be Afghanistan.” According to the bin Laden family, Hamza bin Laden…

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Osama was a ‘shy, academically capable boy’ before he became a militant, says mother

Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, remained a symbol of terror across the globe, but his mother still remembers him as a ‘shy boy’ who was ‘academically capable’. Ali Ghanem, bin Laden’s mother, said that her son was a strong, driven, pious figure in his early 20s. This is the first time she has…

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How Afghanistan’s urban gardens are changing women’s lives

It may look like they’re just planting and weeding, but for the women tending the public gardens of Jalalabad, the tasks represent far more: the rare chance to work outside the home in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative and unstable provinces. A hood and scarf partially hiding their faces, the women working in the eastern…

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Tribesmen end Mir Ali sit-in as authorities assure security

Thousands of protesters in Pakistan’s tribal belt along the Afghan border have ended a days-long protest against a string of recent assassinations, the organizers said Friday. Demonstrators and an AFP reporter in the area said more than 3,000 tribesmen launched the sit-in protest on Sunday in North Waziristan’s Mir Ali after three tribal elders were…

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CIA nominee Haspel to vow not to restart torture program

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, will pledge Wednesday to prevent the restart of the 2002-2005 interrogation program that saw detainees tortured. The three-decade veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert operations is facing opposition over her role at a secret CIA prison in Thailand in 2002 where Al-Qaeda detainees were…

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No deal on cards to swap Shakil Afridi with Aafia Siddiqui, says FO

The Pakistan Foreign Office has dismissed the reports of any deal with the US over the release of Dr Shakil Afridi. “There is no deal on cards to with the US to exchange Dr Shakil Afridi with Hussain Haqqani or Aafia Siddiqui,” Muhammad Faisal, the FO spokesman said. Dr Shakil Afridi was taken into custody…

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Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday. “We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) partners…

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Trump says US withdrawing from Syria ‘very soon’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that US forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and lamented what he said was Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in Middle East wars. In a populist address to industrial workers in Ohio, Trump said US forces were close to securing all of the territory that the…

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Al-Qaeda operative arrested in Karachi

KARACHI: A key operative of banned militant group Al-Qaeda was arrested in Karachi on Tuesday, police said.  Addressing a press conference, SSP West Omar Shahid said Al Qaeda’s terrorist Hasan Masood was rounded up during a raid in Mominabad. The suspect is accused of involvement in the 2015 terrorist attack on Bohra community and a…

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Very few countries have been as successful as Pakistan in war against terror: COAS

MUNICH: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that very few countries have achieved as much success as Pakistan has in the war against terror. Addressing Munich Security Conference, COAS Bajwa said that the country has been instrumental in the disruption and decimation of Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Army Chief…

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Three Pakistanis declared Global Terrorists

WASHINGTON: The United States named three Pakistanis as key “terrorist facilitators”, saying they worked closely with a well-known backer of Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah. The US Treasury placed Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” in…

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Algeria says Al-Qaeda propagandist killed by army

Algiers: The Algerian army has killed a senior official of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in an operation in the northeast of the country, officials said Wednesday. Adel Seghiri — also known as Abu Ruwaha al-Qasantini — was among those running the group’s Al-Andalus media wing responsible for putting out videos and statements. The army…

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