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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.

2 Egypt police killed in clash with militants in Delta

Two Egyptian policemen were killed during a raid on a militant hideout north of Cairo on Wednesday, security officials said, as the military-installed government battles a widening jihadist campaign. The policemen were shot dead in an exchange of fire with the militants near the Nile Delta town al-Qanatir al-Khayriya, roughly 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Cairo. Militants have killed more than 200 policemen and soldiers in bomb and shooting attacks since the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban

Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks. The government entered into peace talks with the Taliban last month aimed at ending the militants' seven-year insurgency, but the dialogue broke down after militants killed 23 kidnapped soldiers.

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 air strikes death toll rises to 30

Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of Taliban militants in the troubled northwest on Tuesday, killing at least 30 militants, officials said. "The death toll from the airstrikes has risen to 30," a security official in Peshawar told AFP, updating the earlier death toll of 15. 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. hk-shk/sjd/ia/ac

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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