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Pakistan: Taliban Ground Attacks Continue on NATO, U.S. Supplies

December 1, 2008

Militants in northwestern Pakistan attacked trucks ferrying supplies to NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Monday, killing two people and destroying a dozen vehicles, witnesses and police said.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 40 others at a military checkpoint in the region’s Swat Valley, police said.

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press Writer

A Pakistani examines burnt trucks caused by insurgents' attack ... 
A Pakistani examines burnt trucks caused by insurgents’ attack at the Fasial terminal in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Insurgents attacked the terminal used by trucks ferrying supplies to NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Monday, destroying three and wounding one person, police and a witness said.(AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

The spasm of violence comes amid a spike in tensions between Pakistan and rival India over last week’s terror attacks in Mumbai, which New Delhi has blamed on Pakistani militants.

Pakistan has condemned the attacks and vowed to crack down on the perpetrators if New Delhi provides evidence. But there are fears that tensions could nevertheless boil over between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The attack on the U.S.-led coalition trucks took place at a terminal in Peshawar, which sits along the supply route from Pakistan to Afghanistan. The city has seen an upsurge in violence in recent weeks, including the slaying of an American working on a U.S.-funded aid project.

Several gunmen fired rockets and automatic weapons at the Faisal terminal, killing a driver and a clerk and destroying 12 trucks, said police officer Ahsanullah Khan.

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Militants in Pakistan kill 2 alleged US spies

November 8, 2008

Militants killed two people they claimed were spies for the United States and dumped their bodies with a warning in a Pakistani border region at the center of a campaign of suspected American missile strikes, an official said Saturday.

By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer

Police found the bullet-ridden bodies of the two men on Saturday in the North Waziristan tribal region after a tip from residents, police official Gul Marjan said.

“See the fate of this man. He was an American spy,” was written on notes pinned to each of the bodies found in the village of Ghulam Khan, Marjan said. The notes said the men were from the neighboring Afghan province of Khost.

The warning was an indication that Taliban and al-Qaida militants are on the lookout for spies in Pakistan‘s wild border belt as the frequency of suspected American missile strikes on their hide-outs increases.

At least 18 strikes from what are believed to be unmanned U.S. military and CIA aircraft have hit Pakistan’s tribal regions since August, more than three times as many as in 2007. The rugged, mountainous region — where the Pakistani government has never had much control — is considered a likely hiding place for Osama bin Laden and his No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.

Many of the cross-border attacks have targeted North Waziristan, a base for Afghan and foreign militants involved in the growing insurgency against the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan.

Militants have executed scores of Afghans and Pakistanis….

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Cindy McCain Replies to Ugly Media Attacks

October 21, 2008

(CNN) — Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, decried the “viciousness of the media” Monday, days after the New York Times ran a front page story detailing her troubled history with prescription drugs and difficulty fitting into Washington social circles.

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. ... 

In an interview with Fox news that aired Monday night, Mrs. McCain said she thought the biggest difference between her husband’s first presidential run eight years ago and his campaign this year was the media’s attitude toward the Arizona senator’s candidacy.

“What has really stunned me is the — quite honestly, is the kind of viciousness of the media on occasion,” Mrs. McCain said. “In 2000 — there’s certainly always been, you know, differences, and the — you know, the things that occur. But this has taken on a different tenor. And I don’t know why and what’s caused that, and I’m sorry for it because I think it turns a lot of young people off.”

Cindy McCain’s comments come a week after she accused Obama of waging the “dirtiest campaign” in U.S. history. On Monday, she also addressed the lengthy New York Times story directly, saying she has no plans to read it and has since received several messages of support.

“I did not read it, no. I did not read it, and I have no intention of reading it,” she said. “My BlackBerry was loaded with friends the next morning saying, ‘I cannot believe this, you know? I’m sorry for you and all this.’”

The article drew a sharp response from the McCain campaign, which called it a “barrage of petty and personal attacks,” and said the New York Times reporters “employed tactics that are obviously unprofessional and almost certainly unethical” in researching the story.

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Poll Says McCain Attacks on Obama Not Effective

October 15, 2008

The McCain campaign’s recent angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Senator Barack Obama appear to have backfired and tarnished Senator John McCain more than their intended target, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found.
 
Above: Some voters in the latest New York Times/CBS News poll were disappointed by John McCain’s attacks and running mate choice. The poll found Barack Obama was supported by majorities of men and independents. Photo: Richard Perry/The New York Times, left; Damon Winter/The New York Times 
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After several weeks in which the McCain campaign unleashed a series of strong political attacks on Mr. Obama, trying to tie him to a former 1960s radical, among other things, the poll found that more voters see Mr. McCain as waging a negative campaign than Mr. Obama. Six in 10 voters surveyed said that Mr. McCain had spent more time attacking Mr. Obama than explaining what he would do as president; by about the same number, voters said Mr. Obama was spending more of his time explaining than attacking.

Over all, the poll found that if the election were held today, 53 percent of those determined to be probable voters said they would vote for Mr. Obama and 39 percent said they would vote for Mr. McCain.

The findings come as the race enters its final three weeks, with the two candidates scheduled to hold their third and last debate on Wednesday night, and as separate polls in critical swing states that could decide the election give Mr. Obama a growing edge. But wide gaps in polls have historically tended to narrow in the closing weeks of the race.

Voters who said their opinions of Mr. Obama had changed recently were twice as likely to say they had grown more favorable as to say they had worsened. And voters who said that their views of Mr. McCain had changed were three times more likely to say that they had worsened than to say they had improved.

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Negative U.S. media linked to increased insurgent attacks

March 24, 2008

By Shawn Waterman
United Press International
March 24, 2008

Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a measurable “emboldenment effect” on insurgents there.
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Periods of intense news media coverage in the United States of criticism about the war, or of polling about public opinion on the conflict, are followed by a small but quantifiable increases in the number of attacks on civilians and U.S. forces in Iraq, according to a study by Radha Iyengar, a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in health policy research at Harvard and Jonathan Monten of the Belfer Center at the university’s Kennedy School of Government.
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The increase in attacks is more pronounced in areas of Iraq that have better access to international news media, the authors conclude in a report titled “Is There an ‘Emboldenment’ Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq.”
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The researchers studied data about insurgent attacks and U.S. media coverage up to November, tracking what they called “anti-resolve statements” by U.S. politicians and reports about American public opinion on the war.

“We find that in periods immediately after a spike in anti-resolve statements, the level of insurgent attacks increases,” says the study, published earlier this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a leading U.S. nonprofit economic research organization.

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Pakistan Shift Could Curtail Drone Strikes

February 22, 2008
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WASHINGTON — American officials reached a quiet understanding with Pakistan’s leader last month to intensify secret strikes against suspected terrorists by pilotless aircraft launched in Pakistan, senior officials in both governments say. But the prospect of changes in Pakistan’s government has the Bush administration worried that the new operations could be curtailed.Among other things, the new arrangements allowed an increase in the number and scope of patrols and strikes by armed Predator surveillance aircraft launched from a secret base in Pakistan — a far more aggressive strategy to attack Al Qaeda and the Taliban than had existed before.

But since opposition parties emerged victorious from the parliamentary election early this week, American officials are worried that the new, more permissive arrangement could be choked off in its infancy. 

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Pakistan: Terrorists Planning Global Attacks

September 3, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
September 3, 2007

Dear Sir,

My depression has been released after hearing from you. Actually I have been missing you very badly. Allah Almighty/God may make your journey full of happiness.

Situation in our areas is very critical as the terrorists have been making last-ditch efforts to assert themselves. They have been trying to install their government in the tribal areas. All the officials of Pakistan are busy nowadays in power game and have been fiding very little time for giving attention to tribal areas.

I want to bring in your kind notice that dreaded terrorists have been strengthening their positions. They have been planning attacks in the world. I do not know why the administration of United States and Pakistan have been giving no attention to the areas.

Terrorists have carried out suicide attacks in Bajaur Agency, my home town. Reports said that five people, including three security personnel, were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack in the Mamond tehsil, 14km from Khar, the headquarter of Bajaur Agency.Officials and witnesses said two people ploughed their explosive-laden car into a truck of the Bajaur Scouts in Mamond tehsil’s Omari area, killing Subedar Noor Khatam on the spot and injuring 11 others, including four soldiers.

Soldiers Liaquat and Omar Afridi, Saleem Khan and another person whose name could not be ascertained died in the Agency Headquarters Hospital, medical superintendent Dr Ameer Khan said.The injured were identified as soldiers Farooq Shah and Abdul Aziz and civilians Jabbar, Ismail, Najeebullah, Hayat, Mohammad Amin and Mohammad Hayan. The name of one injured civilian could not be known.

Nawagai’s assistant political agent Mohammad Jameel Khan said the truck carrying security personnel was attacked at around 10am.Witnesses said the truck was destroyed and parts of the soldiers’ bodies were scattered all over the site.Soon after the attack, a man claiming to speak for the local Taliban called local journalists from an unspecific location and told them that the attack should not be written as “suicide attack”, but as “fidai attack.”

Officials said security had been tightened in the Bajaur Agency after the attack and security forces targeted suspected militant hideouts with mortars for two hours.Meanwhile, four people were injured when security forces clashed with militants in Mamond tehsil’s Badan area.

Officials said the militants were forcibly setting up a checkpoint near an official checkpost, which triggered the exchange of fire.I have got some vital information about the whereabout of dreaded terrorists wanted to the US. I shall share later on.

Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan