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France launches anti-terror operations in Mali

French forces have carried out two night-time counter-terrorism operations in rebel-infested northern Mali, military sources in the west African nation said on Thursday. A foreign military source in Bamako said troops targeted the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and the Signatories in Blood, an armed unit founded by fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar. "We do not have a death toll yet... It is clear that MUJAO fighters, heirs of Abou Zeid and Belmokhtar's (unit) are in the viewfinder," he said.

France launches anti-terror operations in Mali

French forces have carried out two night-time counter-terrorism operations in rebel-infested northern Mali, military sources in the west African nation said on Thursday. A foreign military source in Bamako said troops targeted the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and the Signatories in Blood, an armed unit founded by fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar. "We do not have a death toll yet... It is clear that MUJAO fighters, heirs of Abou Zeid and Belmokhtar's (unit) are in the viewfinder," he said.

Bomb blast kills six in northwest Pakistan

Six people including two children were killed and seven injured in a bombing in Pakistan's restive northwest city of Peshawar on Thursday, officials said. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, which follows a recent surge in Taliban violence targeting the military. Subsequent retaliatory airstrikes in northwestern tribal regions on Tuesday killed some 40 militants.

U.S. drones killed no more than four civilians in Pakistan in 2013: study

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. CIA drone strikes against militants in Pakistan killed no more than four civilians last year, according to an annual study by a British-based organization, the lowest number of reported civilian deaths since the drone program began in 2004. The study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism released this month showed that the number of civilian casualties stood at between zero and four.

Pakistan bombs militant hideouts in tribal area after Taliban attacks

By Haji Mujtaba and Jibran Ahmad MIRANSHAH/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani fighter jets and helcopters attacked suspected Taliban hideouts in a tribal area on the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing up to 40 people, military sources and residents said, after a wave of insurgent attacks against security forces. It was the first time the air force has resorted to fighter jets in the volatile region since it struck a ceasefire agreement with local Taliban chiefs in 2007. Air strikes also hit the nearby tribal region of Kurram.

40 killed as Pakistan bombs suspected Taliban hideouts

Pakistani jets and helicopter gunships bombarded suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district Tuesday, killing at least 40 people, officials said, in response to two major bombings targeting the military. The air strikes came a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 13 people in a blast near army headquarters -- a rare strike close to the heart of Pakistan's powerful military establishment. The focus of Tuesday's operation was North Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

27 killed in Pakistani bombing of militant hideouts

At least 27 militants were killed and 17 injured in an aerial bombing operation by the Pakistani army targeting various militant hideouts in tribal areas on the Afghan border Tuesday, security and administration officials said. Army helicopters bombed the hideouts in multiple villages of North Waziristan in the morning. While a security official claimed that the operation was targeted, local residents said several civilians were among those killed and injured.

Algeria defends response to In Amenas hostage crisis

Algeria Friday defended its controversial military intervention to end the bloody seizure by armed Islamists last year of the In Amenas desert gas plant, in which 38 hostages were killed. "The intervention by the Algerian security forces was imperative for saving hundreds of human lives and for protecting a strategic site that the terrorists were planning to blow up," foreign ministry spokesman Amar Belani said in a statement.

Blast kills 10 in Pakistan tribal elder's home

At least 10 people were killed and another nine wounded Monday in an explosion at the home of a tribal leader in a restive area of northwest Pakistan, officials said. The blast came in a remote village in Khyber tribal district, close to the Afghan border in Tirah Valley, which last year saw fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban militants. "The initial information suggests that the blast triggered by explosives killed at least 10 people including three children and wounded nine others," a senior local administration official, Nasir Khan, told AFP.

Blast kills 10 in Pakistan tribal elder's home

At least 10 people were killed and another nine wounded Monday in an explosion at the home of a tribal leader in a restive area of northwest Pakistan, officials said. The blast came in a remote village in Khyber tribal district, close to the Afghan border in Tirah Valley, which last year saw fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban militants. "The initial information suggests that the blast triggered by explosives killed at least 10 people including three children and wounded nine others," a senior local administration official, Nasir Khan, told AFP.
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