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August 11, 2008, 11:22 AM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) – Fierce fighting in Pakistan’s remote tribal belt has left at least 100 Taliban fighters dead during a four-day military operation, according to Pakistan’s military.   Military spokesman Major Murad Khan said 13 soldiers had been killed during the fighting in Bajaur district, which borders Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Bajaur became a militant stronghold after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban regime in Kabul in late 2001.  
August 5, 2008, 5:20 AM EDT
Pakistan’s military claims to have killed at least 94 Taliban militants in stepped-up operations in the North West Frontier Province’s Swat valley, following the collapse of a truce.
July 30, 2008, 5:15 AM EDT
A two-month-old peace agreement between a provincial government in northwest Pakistan and Taliban radicals has brought no respite from violence.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Taliban militants in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province who recently signed a peace agreement with the government are wasting no time in cementing their control.Residents of the NWFP's Swat valley say militants are effectively administering the area.In a peace deal recently negotiated with hard-line Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah, the NWFP government promised to enforce Islamic law (shari'a) in the Swat valley.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan's central government says it is scrapping a peace agreement with Taliban militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) because of continuing violence.The announcement triggered a row with the provincial government that negotiated the deal. Peace agreements with pro-al-Qaeda militants in the NWFP and tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan have drawn criticism from the United States, Afghanistan and NATO forces in the neighboring country.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - A U.S. air strike that killed at least 19 people along the Afghan-Pakistan border has sparked scathing criticism of United States policies, with growing calls for changes to be made in the bilateral partnership against terror.Political observers believe that the attack will further complicate Pakistan's fragile political situation.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Growing tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan may further boost the Taliban insurgency on both sides of the border and strengthen ties between the militants, regional analysts warn. Pakistan has strongly protested a weekend threat by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to strike back at Pakistan-based terrorists who launch attacks against coalition forces and Afghans inside Afghanistan. Islamabad vowed that it would "defend its territorial sovereignty."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - The top Taliban leader in Pakistan has called off all peace talks with the government, to protest a week-long military campaign mounted against Islamists operating in the lawless tribal belt along the Pakistan-Afghan border.The suspension of the talks is the latest challenge to the Pakistan government, whose negotiations with the Taliban have drawn fire from the U.S., NATO and the government of Afghanistan. Critics say that appeasing militants in Pakistan fuels terrorism across the border.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Summer has arrived in the flower-adorned Swat valley of Northwest Pakistan, but a scenic area that has drawn tourists for centuries is now attracting the attention of militants who continue to wreak havoc.Within six hours of a ceasefire agreement between the government of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government and fighters led by Swat-based cleric Maulana Fazlullah, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a police station in the town of Mingora, seriously injuring three policemen.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Taliban militants have vowed revenge against the United States after an apparent missile strike reportedly killed up to 14 people in Pakistan's restive tribal region.Thousands of people, some chanting anti-U.S. slogans, attended funeral services Thursday in the Damadola area of the northwestern Bajaur tribal district that borders Afghanistan's Kunar province.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Overriding U.S. concerns, the government of Pakistan's volatile North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has signed a peace agreement with pro-Taliban militants who have turned the scenic Swat valley into a hub of radicalism and violence.Some local observers criticized the deal, saying it amounted to a capitulation to the militants' demands.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - Calls are growing for Pakistan's U.S.-backed president to step down or face impeachment, raising questions about the future of anti-terror campaign as the country's new civilian government seeks "reconciliation" with militants.As the pressure grows, speculation is rife here that President Pervez Musharraf's days in office are numbered.The government is considering clipping his wings by means of a constitutional change that would make his position largely ceremonial.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNSNews.com) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks since Taliban leaders suspended talks with the government.One of those killed in the blast in Bannu was a policeman, district police spokesman Dar Ali Khattak said.Seven people were injured, including four policeman and a soldier, he said. "We are investigating the matter and at this point cannot say who is responsible for the attack."