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Chronology of Pakistan militant clashes

October 10, 2007

A look at some of the deadliest violence involving Pakistani security forces and Islamic militants since Pakistan sent its forces into tribal regions near Afghanistan in late 2001 in support of the U.S.-led war on terrorism:

• Oct. 8, 2007: A Pakistani army airstrike on a village bazaar near the Afghan border kills dozens and pushes the toll from four days of clashes in North Waziristan to 250. The dead include civilians and at least 45 soldiers.

• July 19, 2007: Three suicide attacks on Chinese workers near Karachi and on police and army forces in northwestern Pakistan kill at least 51 people.

• July 11, 2007: Army commandos complete an eight-day siege and storming of Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque. Some 102 people die, including 10 elite troops and at least 73 suspected militants.

• Oct. 30, 2006: Pakistani troops raid a suspected al-Qaida-linked training facility, killing 80 people in Chingai village, Bajur tribal area.

• March 2006: Several days of clashes between army and pro-Taliban militants kill more than 100 militants and eight soldiers in North Waziristan.

• Jan. 14, 2006: A purported CIA airstrike that unsuccessfully targeted al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri kills at least 17 people at Damadola village in Bajur tribal region.

• Sept. 9, 2004: Pakistani warplanes strike a suspected al-Qaida compound in South Waziristan, killing at least 50 fighters.

• June 2004: About 55 militants and 17 security forces killed in four days of raids on al-Qaida compounds in South Waziristan.

• March 2004: Up to 60 militants, 50 soldiers and a dozen civilians died in a two-week army operation targeting al-Qaida camps in South Waziristan.

• October 2003: Pakistani army raids suspected al-Qaida hideouts, killing 12 suspected al-Qaida members and arresting 18.

• December 2001: Pakistani army moves into Kurram and Khyber tribal regions as Taliban and al-Qaida fighters flee U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.