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Pakistan striving to enforce Afghan border security: Gen. McKiernan

WASHINGTON: A top U.S. military commander Wednesday said Pakistan is striving to control the Pak-Afghan border as he welcomed President Barack ObamaÆs move to send additional 17000 troops to Afghanistan to meet security needs. “There is a growing recognition, I would say, that is in the mutual interest of both countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) to…

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February 18, 2009

 

Open Gaza border to choke arms smuggling: U.S.

RAMALLAH: U.S. envoy George Mitchell has said that opening the Gaza Strip to commercial goods would help to choke off the smuggling that Israel fears could replenish Hamas's weapons stocks. But he said the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas must help to supervise the crossings, a demand that has been a major sticking point…

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January 30, 2009

 

Israeli troops-Hamas clash along border despite ceasefire

JERUSALEM: Palestinian witnesses and the Israeli military say troops and militants are clashing along the Israel-Gaza border in the first outbreak of violence since a cease-fire went into effect last week. Residents near the Gaza border crossing of Kissufim say the sound of heavy gunfire is audible and that Israeli helicopters are hovering in the…

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January 26, 2009

 

Al Qaeda hideouts eliminated from Pak-Afghan border: CIA

WASHINGTON: Al-Qaeda leaders no longer feel safe in Afghan-Pakistan border areas, where they face heavy U.S. and Pakistani pressure, CIA chief Michael Hayden said. Hayden's comments to reporters as he prepares to leave his post underscored a growing Bush administration confidence that Al-Qaeda's leadership has been crippled, partly by a military campaign that Washington does…

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January 16, 2009

 

No military deal over cross-border attacks: Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: Former President Pervez Musharraf has rubbished more rhetoric from U.S. and said there is no secret understanding over cross-border attacks. Pakistan has done more than anyone else in war against terror. Talking to the media before his departure to the U.S. for lectures, Musharraf said India should stop talking about surgical strikes, as Pakistan…

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January 10, 2009

 

Situation on Pakistan-Indian border 'fragile': Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday the situation was “fragile” on the border with India, and regretted the suspension of peace talks following the militant attacks in Mumbai in November. Gilani's remarks came a day after the government confirmed that the lone surviving gunman from the attack that killed 179…

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January 9, 2009

 

India steps up troops movement along border

BAREKA: Following reports of Pakistan moving its army near the border, India has stepped up vigilance on its western borders. Tension between India and Pakistan has risen sharply after last month's militant attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 179 people. Amid stepped up vigilance on either side of the border, both countries…

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December 30, 2008

 

Israel deploys tanks along Gaza border

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER AREA: Israel began deploying tanks along its border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Sunday morning (December 28) after Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the Jewish state does not rule out a ground offensive into the coastal enclave. During the night, Israel bombed a mosque in Gaza City as part of its raids…

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December 28, 2008

 

Pakistan moves troops toward Indian border

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India on Friday amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said. The move represents a sharp escalation in the stand off between the nuclear-armed neighbors and stands to weaken Pakistan's U.S.-backed campaign against Al-Qaeda and Taliban close to Afghanistan. Two intelligence…

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December 26, 2008

 

No airspace violation on Pak-Afghan border: PAF

ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday clarified that there had been no violation of the country's airspace over its Pakistan-Afghan border as reported by various news channels. Referring to news reports indicating that some foreign jet fighters violated airspace of Pakistan and intruded thrice into Chaman, a town on the…

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December 15, 2008

 

Coalition forces to train Afghan troops to man Pak-Afghan border

KABUL: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a joint press conference here Saturday agreed, troops have to be increased in Afghanistan. Despite major achievements in Afghanistan, such as getting some 6 million children, including 2 million girls, into school, and the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections, the Taliban have…

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December 13, 2008

 

Zardari-Karzai meet in Turkey to reduce border tension

ISTANBUL: President Asif Ali Zardari met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai here Friday for Turkish-sponsored trilateral talks aimed at reducing tensions over militant attacks along the lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Afghanistan has long accused Pakistan of failing to take action against Taliban militants based in the tribal region, and even colluding with them. Afghan President Hamid…

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December 5, 2008

 

N. Korea threatens to close border with south

PYONGYANG/KAESONG: North Korea on Monday (November 24) said that it would go ahead with its threat to effectively close the land border with the South, including expelling South Korean managers from an industrial site just inside its border, from December 1. North Korea's state-run television KRT said it would suspend all tours to its border…

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November 24, 2008

 

Pakistan Army-ISAF attack militants within border

KABUL: The Pakistan military helped the western forces based in Afghanistan attack a position in Pakistan used by militants after an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) post was hit by two rockets fired allegedly by militants from inside Pakistan. According to a spokesperson for the ISAF, militants pounded an ISAF base in Paktika on Sunday,…

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November 17, 2008

 

Zardari presses Rice to ease up on cross-border strikes

UNITED NATIONS: In one of a series of high-level private meetings at the U.N. on Wednesday, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari pressed U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ease up on U.S. strikes targeting militants linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida in the lawless Afghan-Pakistani tribal regions. “These drone attacks are unproductive, and they…

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November 13, 2008

 

Thai, Cambodia armies to meet after border battle

BANGKOK: The situation along the disputed Thai-Cambodia border was more calm on Thursday (October 16), the day after the most serious clash in years left two Cambodian soldiers dead and 10 Thais in Cambodian hands. Thai and Cambodian military commanders prepared for talks across their disputed border after Wednesday's (October 15) 40-minute exchange of rocket…

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October 15, 2008

 

American held near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: A young American man of Pakistani descent has been detained in northwest Pakistan while trying to get into an ethnic Pashtun region near the border with Afghanistan that is off-limits to foreigners, police said. Police identified the man as Judi Kenan and said he was detained on Monday while trying to enter the Mohmand…

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October 14, 2008

 
 
 
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