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France says 19 Islamists killed in recent Mali offensive

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed Sunday that 19 armed Islamists had been killed in a French-led military operation this week targeting Al Qaeda-linked rebels in restive northern Mali. "There were 19 killed," Fabius said on Europe 1 radio. The French offensive targeted Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters north of the desert caravan town of Timbuktu.

Pakistani parliament passes resolution against U.S. drones

Pakistani parliament passes resolution against U.S. drones ISLAMABAD, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution demanding an immediate halt to drone attacks on the Pakistani territory. The resolution moved by Naeema Kishwar Khan of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami and others in the Lower House on Tuesday of the parliament strongly condemned the U.S. drone attacks, saying these constitute violation of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international laws and humanitarian norms.

Clash leaves six dead in southwest Pakistan

At least six people were killed in southwest Pakistan when security forces exchanged fire with suspected militants during an operation to recover abductees, officials said on Friday. The exchange of fire took place in the restive Baluchistan province, which is rife with ethnic insurgency and sectarian violence. "Our forces were conducting an operation on Thursday to recover some kidnapped people from the Baluch militants, they faced resistance and five militants were killed in retaliatory firing," Asad Gilani, home secretary of Baluchistan province, told AFP.

3rd LD-Writethru: 20 killed in suicide bombing attack in Yemen

3rd LD-Writethru: 20 killed in suicide bombing attack in Yemen SANAA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 soldiers were killed and more than 42 others injured when suicide car bombings rocked the Yemeni defense ministry in the capital Sanna on Thursday morning, officials told Xinhua.

Algerian army kill al-Qaida senior member in ambush

Algerian army kill al-Qaida senior member in ambush ALGIERS, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Algerian army forces on Wednesday killed a senior member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and four other militants in the desert region of Tadmait, a security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The source specified that the killed senior militant is nicknamed al-Mouritani, the leader of squadron of Ennour (Light).

US halts shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan

The US military on Tuesday suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through Pakistan, citing protests that posed a risk to truck drivers, officials said. The move came after club-wielding activists in northwest Pakistan forcibly searched trucks for NATO supplies in protest over US drone strikes in the tribal belt. "We have voluntarily halted US shipments of retrograde cargo through the Pakistan Ground Line of Communication (GLOCC) from Torkham Gate through Karachi," Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright in a statement.

US halts shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan

The US military on Tuesday suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through Pakistan, citing protests that posed a threat to the safety of truck drivers, officials said. The move came after club-wielding activists in northwest Pakistan forcibly searched trucks for NATO supplies in protest over US drone strikes in the tribal belt. "We have voluntarily halted US shipments of retrograde cargo through the Pakistan Ground Line of Communication (GLOCC) from Torkham Gate through Karachi," Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright in a statement.

Roundup: 40 killed, 183 injured in 28 bomb attacks across Pakistan in Nov.

Roundup: 40 killed, 183 injured in 28 bomb attacks across Pakistan in Nov. by Jamil Bhatti ISLAMABAD, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- At least 40 people were killed and 183 others injured in 28 bomb blasts across Pakistan during the month of November as the number of deadly attacks dropped after the government took initiatives to start peace dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban, according to official statistics. Out of total 28 bomb attacks, four incidents were of suicide nature that killed 14 people and injured 38 others in different areas of the country.

Thousands rally against US drone strikes in Pakistan

Thousands of right-wing Pakistani activists led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to block NATO supply routes if strikes continue. The activists burned US flags as a mark of protest, said an AFP reporter at the scene in Peshawar, where the rally took place. A senior police official in Peshawar told AFP that some 15,000 activists participated.

French troops in Mali kill wanted jihadist's deputy: security sources

The French army has killed the second-in-command of wanted Algerian jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar in an operation in northern Mali, security sources told AFP on Wednesday. Hacene Ould Khalil, who went by the nom de guerre Jouleibib, was killed last week in the Tessalit region, said a regional security source who told AFP the Mauritanian national was Belmokhtar's "genuine right-hand man".
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