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Rivalry between Pakistani Taliban factions erupts in violence

By Jibran Ahmad and Katharine Houreld PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A struggle for power between Pakistani Taliban commanders divided over whether to talk to the government has erupted in violence with dozens of fighters killed along the Afghan border over recent weeks, Pakistani security officials said. It is unclear if the fighting will weaken an insurgency aimed at bringing down the nuclear-armed Pakistani state but the security agencies will be hoping to turn the bloodshed to their advantage.

Pakistan gov't, Taliban open peace talks in tribal region

Representatives of the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday opened direct peace talks at an undisclosed place in North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, official and militant sources said. Although both sides have vowed to keep secret the venue of the talks, a source close to the militants said the talks were held at Shawal in North Waziristan. Sources close to the two sides said that extending a cease-fire due to expire Sunday and its breach by renegade militant groups would be at the top of the agenda.

Bomb kills three soldiers in NW Pakistan

A roadside bomb on Wednesday killed three soldiers in Pakistan's troubled northwest, officials said, the latest violence to hit the country since a ceasefire between the government and Taliban insurgents began. The remote-controlled device hit a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps as it was moving from the town of Hangu to Kurram district, one of seven tribal areas along the Afghan border where militants have strongholds. A security official in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest, told AFP the blast killed three soldiers and wounded 11.

Pakistani Taliban announce month-long ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban Saturday announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at resuming stalled peace talks with the Pakistan government, but analysts voiced scepticism over the move. Dialogue between Islamabad and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that began last month was suspended after the militants killed 23 soldiers. The military responded with a series of air strikes that have left more than 100 insurgents dead.

Pakistan launches new strikes near Afghan border; warns militants

By Jibran Ahmed and David Brunnstrom PESHAWAR, Pakistan/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pakistani military launched new air strikes targeting militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people, and a senior government official warned of a big offensive unless the Taliban showed they were serious about negotiations. Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the region since the government's efforts to engage Taliban insurgents in peace negotiations broke down this month.

Pakistan airstrikes in northwest kill 30

Fighter jets bombarded Taliban hideouts in northwest Pakistan Tuesday, killing at least 30 people according to security sources, in what analysts called an operation to reassert military dominance after peace talks stalled. The morning attacks on the North and South Waziristan tribal districts were the fourth set of raids since February 20. More than 100 alleged militants have now died, the sources said.

Pakistan air strikes death toll rises to 30

Pakistani fighter jets bombarded Taliban hideouts in the troubled northwest Tuesday, killing at least 30 in the fourth airstrikes since peace talks stalled, in what analysts say is a surgical operation to reassert the military's dominance. The early morning attacks on hideouts in the North and South Waziristan tribal districts were the latest in a series of airstrikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since February 20 that have killed more than 100 alleged militants.

Pakistan airstrikes in northwest kill 30

Pakistani fighter jets bombarded Taliban hideouts in the troubled northwest Tuesday, killing at least 30 in the fourth airstrikes since peace talks stalled, in what analysts say is a surgical operation to reassert the military's dominance. The morning attacks on hideouts in the North and South Waziristan tribal districts were the latest in a series of airstrikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since February 20 that have killed more than 100 alleged militants.

Pakistan army launches new air strikes near Afghan border

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's army launched new air strikes targeting militant hideouts in the tribal region of North Waziristan on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people and setting off a wave of refugees, military officials and local residents said. Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the region since the government's efforts to engage Taliban insurgents in peace negotiations broke down this month.

Pakistan airstrikes on Taliban hideouts kill at least 15

Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of Taliban militants in the troubled northwest on Tuesday killing at least 15 militants, officials said. The early morning attack on hideouts in the North and South Waziristan tribal districts were the fourth in a series of airstrikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since February 20. "At least 15 militants were killed and several of their hideouts destroyed, the death toll may increase," a security official in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, told AFP.
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