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Pakistan: Notorious Arms Bazaar Threatened

February 5, 2008

By Ralph Joseph
The Washington Times
February 5, 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A notorious arms bazaar that provides a source of weapons for al Qaeda-backed fighters in Pakistan’s northwestern areas faces closure after heavy fighting between government troops and Islamic militants late last month, reports from the area said.

Pakistani soldiers carry their weapons as they patrol on a street ...
Pakistani soldiers carry their weapons as they patrol on a street in Swat in January 2008. Political turmoil in Pakistan has not seriously threatened the military’s control of its nuclear weapons “but vulnerabilities exist,” US intelligence said in a report Tuesday.
(AFP/File)
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The fighting erupted Jan. 25 when militants loyal to South Waziristan insurgent commander Baitullah Mehsud blocked the strategic Kohat Tunnel, 30 miles south of Peshawar, and seized four civilian trucks carrying ammunition and other supplies for the government troops.
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The troops staged a major operation to recover the ammunition, and both sides suffered heavy casualties in five days of fighting around Darra Adam Khel, a town in the North West Frontier Province….

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