North Waziristan Tracker

Interactive map of North Waziristan depicting the agency's boundaries, sub-districts, military bases and key towns and locations. Click to navigate, zoom, tilt and pan the map.
 

  Sub-district headquarters           Town/village          Major Pakistan Army base

              = Sub-district               = Frontier Region


North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) serves as a haven for al Qaeda, Afghan and Pakistani Taliban militants, and numerous regional and international terrorist organizations. Several terrorist attacks or plots against Western interests have been traced back to the region, which also serves as a refuge for militants operating against U.S. and coalition forces across the border in Afghanistan as well as against the Pakistani state. Here, the Critical Threats Project has compiled a tracker summarizing events and reports involving North Waziristan and the groups operating out of the agency. Updates will be posted on a daily basis (For a daily summary encompassing a broader range of security issues in Pakistan, read the Pakistan Security Brief ). 

 

Drone Strike       Attack / Engagement Announcement / Key Report
Diplomacy          Military Activity              Law-enforcement Activity

 

 

 

September 10, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

September 9, 2011

  • The North Waziristan Taliban has renounced the militant organization, Khurasan. According to a pamphlet released by the North Waziristan Taliban Shura, “We want to inform the people of North Waziristan that we failed to bring this organization on the right path and we have nothing to do with this group”. The Khurasan militant group has been accused of frequently kidnapping and killing people they allege were spying for the U.S. and Pakistan. (The News)

 

September 8 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

September 7, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

September 6, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

September 5, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

September 4, 2011

  • A U.S drone strike killed seven miliants in North Waziristan late Sunday night. The attack marks the 50th drone strike of the year in Pakistan and raises the year’s death toll to 451 people, most of whom were suspected militants. (MSN)

 

September 3, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

September 2, 2011

  • A U.S drone strike targeted a vehicle in the city of Miram shah in North Waziristan killing four militants. (AFP)

 

 

September, 1 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 31, 2011

  • Three majorfactions of the TTP have reportedly strengthened their alliance and plan to launch joint operations against coalition forces in Afghanistan. According to a Taliban source, a new group called Lashkar-e-Khorasan, which consists of six members from each faction, as well as the factions of Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Maulvi Nazir in South Waziristan, has been formed to monitor drone spies in South and North Waziristan. The group reportedly operates “under the aegis of Bahadur.” (ANI)

 

August 30, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 29, 2011

  • Abdur Razziq was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of retired Col. Shakeel Ahmed Tariq. Razziq belonged to a gang of professional abductors based in Miram shah, North Waziristan’s capital city. (“Killer of Retired Col Arrested,” Daily Today’s Muslim Peshawar, August 30, 2011. Available at nexis.com)

 

August 28, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 27, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 26, 2011

  • Several hundred foreign al Qaeda fighters have settled into North Waziristan. These militants operate with near impunity between the tribal areas and the rest of the country, and are increasingly blending into and marrying into the local tribal cultures and structures. While the fighters are mostly foreign, including Arabs, Uzbeks and Chechens, more and more Pakistanis are joining the ranks and dead fighters are quickly and easily replaced. Many fighters rent homes for themselves and for less well off al Qaeda and Taliban militants with funds gleaned from kidnappings for ransom. (Express Tribune)

  • Punjab's Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, announced that the kidnappers of Salmaan Taseer's son, Shahbaz Taseer, were part of a North Waziristan based militant group. (“Salmaan Taseer's son abducted by militant groups: Sanaullah,Plus News, August 26, 2011. Available at nexis.com)

 

August 25, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 24, 2011

  • Taliban militants in North Waziristan killed an Afghan man they believed was a spy for American forces. The body was found 5km from Miram Shah in a canal and with a note on it warning locals against cooperating with the U.S. (PTI)

 

August 23, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 22, 2011

  • A drone strike reportedly killed al Qaeda’s second in command, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, in North Waziristan. Libyan-born Rahman was considered a key al Qaeda figure and operational commander and, according to files gleaned from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, was in constant contact with the late al Qaeda leader. Rahman was operationally extremely active and was involved in the Khost base bombing in December 2009 that killed several CIA operatives and several plots that put countries in Western Europe on high alert in late 2010. (Washington Post, CNN)

 

August 21, 2011

  • A soldier was killed by militants after Pakistan Army troops engaged the militants in a firefight at a Pasht Ziarat checkpoint in the border region between North and South Waziristan. Six troops were also injured; in addition, three militants were killed and seven injured. (Dawn

  • A convoy of security forces was attacked by tribal militants in the Qutab Khel area outside of Miram Shah. The militants targeted a military convoy with an IED, wounding five soldiers. The militants fled the scene of the attack but were later caught by local Taliban militants loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur. A firefight erupted between the groups in which a senior Taliban commander and aide to Gul Bahadur was killed. (Express Tribune)

 

August 20, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 19, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 18, 2011

  • Pakistan Army officials stated that they were waiting for an uprising, to be led by local tribal leaders in the region, against foreign terrorists so that the Army did not have to intervene in North Waziristan. (ANI)

 

August 17, 2011

  • Fifteen rockets were allegedly fired at a Razmak area security checkpoint, but no injuries were reported. (“Militants clash in Khyber Agency; 5 dead,” Plus NEWS, August 18, 2011. Available at nexis.com)

 

August 16, 2011

  • A U.S. Predator drone allegedly killed four militants and wounded two after firing two missiles and hitting a vehicle and residence in the Nurak area of Miram Shah. The identities of the militants were not immediately released. (Dawn)

 

August 15, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 14, 2011

  • Three Frontier Corps soldiers were killed and 25 wounded on Pakistan’s Independence Day after four rockets hit their Miram Shah paramilitary camp. The soldiers were reportedly preparing for an Independence Day celebration at the time of the attack. (AFP)

 

August 13, 2011

  • Four family members were injured and a young girl killed when a grenade was thrown into their home in the Tappi region. Officials had no immediate suspects for the attack.(The News)

 

August 12, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 11, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 10, 2011

  • A drone strike targeting a house in Miram Shah killed at least twenty-five militants. Among the dead were Arab and Uzbek fighters and militants belonging to the Haqqani Network. The drone also fired a missile “destroying a vehicle carrying food for the pre-dawn meal,” common during Ramadan, according to the Telegraph. (Reuters, Telegraph)

  • Nine people were killed in clashes between pro-government tribesmen and militants near Shawal in South Waziristan. Five militants and four tribesmen were killed when a group of tribesmen attacked a militant hideout. The Shawal mountain range crosses the border from northern South Waziristan Agency into the Shawal area of North Waziristan. (ET)

 

 

August 9, 2011

  • According to “tribal sources,” unidentified armed men abducted Rahmatullah Darpakhel, a local journalist, in Miram Shah. Darpakhel reportedly wrote for Ausaf and repeatedly refused to cooperate with “the foreign media” for fear of damaging his credibility and incurring the wrath of militants. (The News)

 

August 8, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 7, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 6, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 5, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 4, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

August 3, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

 

August 2, 2011

  • A drone strike killed four militants in Qutub Khel, three miles east of Miram Shah. The drone fired two missiles at a vehicle carrying the militants. No details are available yet on the target of the strike. (AFP)

 

August 1, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 31, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 30, 2011

  • The Taliban distributed leaflets in Miram Shah stating that they were banning murder for the month of Ramadan. The leaflets were reportedly distributed “on behalf of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the Taliban commander for North Waziristan.” Anyone caught committing a murder will be fined Rs500,000 ($5,765). (The News)

 

July 29, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 28, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 27, 2011

  • The North Waziristan Taliban-faction led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur denied recent reports that they had asked rival militant groups, specifically the TTP led by Hakimullah Mehsud, to leave the region. Bahadur’s spokesman, Ahmadullah Ahmadi, denied the reports and said there were no other militants to speak of. (The News)

 

July 26, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 25, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 24, 2011

  • No incidents to report today,

 

July 23, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 22, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 21, 2011

  • Four people were killed in a drone strike in Mir Ali. Two missiles struck a house in the Khushali Toori Khel area of Mir Ali. The death toll is expected to rise as locals continue the rescue operation. (Express Tribune)

 

July 20, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 19, 2011

  • Members of the peace committee that reportedly repelled militants attempting to cross from Afghanistan to launch an attack on July 17 have denied the incident occurred. A representative from the committee emphasized that their role was to “help peace initiatives between the government and Taliban and promote peace in the tribal region.” He expressed that the committee had never promised the government of Pakistan that they would secure the border and that militants had never crossed from Afghanistan into North Waziristan to launch an attack. (The News)

 

July 18, 2011

  • No incidents to report today

 

July 17, 2011

  • A local peace committee reportedly pushed back militants attempting to enter the Loni Faqiraan area of North Waziristan from Afghanistan. The peace committee volunteers fired at militants trying to cross the border and launch an attack. They exchanged fire until the militants were eventually pushed back. (The News)

 

July 16, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 15, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 14, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 13, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 12, 2011

  • U.S. drone attacks killed at least 52 suspected militants in North and South Waziristan of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), one of the highest single death tolls in the drone program to-date. The attacks reportedly commenced Monday night when drones fired nine missiles at a compound in Shawal sub-district, North Waziristan, killing 25 insurgents, according to local intelligence officials. A strike in Bermel, South Waziristan a short while later killed a further five suspected militants. A third strike on Tuesday morning targeting a house and vehicle in Datta Khel, North Waziristan killed 15 militants. A fourth drone strike was launched on Tuesday evening targeting a compound in Godi Waila village in Datta Khel tehsil and killing seven militants. The compound was reportedly owned by Rahim Noor, a tribesman linked to militant groups. (Reuters, Express Tribune, Dawn)

 

July 11, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 10, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 9, 2011

  • Dawn reports Taliban leaders in North Waziristan agency are strongly denying complicity in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a Pakistani military convoy last Tuesday that killed three soldiers and wounded 14 more. A one page statement released after a shura was held by the leadership of the Gul Bahadur Taliban faction stated: “Mujahideen Shura of the North Waziristan gives last warning to those elements who carried out the improvised explosive device attack and opened fire from main bazaar a few days ago. If these people don’t stop their activities then action will be taken against them.” The shura further claimed the attack had been carried out by “U.S. agents” and not its own personnel. (Dawn)

 

July 8, 2011

  • Dawn reports NATO forces in Afghanistan allegedly fired sixteen mortar shells which landed near a Pakistani security post across the border in North Waziristan. Pakistani forces reportedly returned fire. No casualties have been reported. (Dawn)

 

July 7, 2011

  • No incidents to report today

 

July 6, 2011

  • Pakistani troops with attack helicopter support clashed with militants in Miram Shah. The clash allegedly began after Pakistani troops tried to blow up a private hospital used by militants. Militants then began “firing on Pakistan army checkposts with automatic weapons and rocket launchers.” Witnesses claim Pakistani helicopters attacked a school where militants were hiding. Other witnesses claim to have heard militants speaking Uzbek and Urdu. AFP reports the clashes show no signs of being “the start of a major operation.” The Express Tribune reports four militants have been killed. Troops have shut down the market and instituted a curfew. (AFP, Express Tribune)

 

 

July 5, 2011

  • A drone strike killed at least four militants in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. Two missiles struck a house located two hundred yards away from the town bazaar. Up to ten suspected militants were in the house, and as many as six are being reported dead. (AFP)

 

  • According to the Express Tribune, mortar shells fired from Afghanistan wounded four Pakistanis in the Ghulam Khan sub-district of North Waziristan on Monday. Local officials suspect militants fired the shells from Khost. (Express Tribune)

  • A roadside bomb targeting an army vehicle killed two soldiers in Miran Shah. (Dawn)

 

July 4, 2011

  • According to Dawn, leaders from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) attended a jirga on July 4 to discuss their opposition to drone strikes. The leaders demanded President Asif Ali Zardari put an end to drone strikes in the region. (Dawn)

 

July 3, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 2, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

July 1, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 30, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 29, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

  

June 28, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 27, 2011

  • Drone strikes killed twenty-seven in Waziristan. The first strike hit a vehicle in Sarakhawra area near Shawal, North Waziristan, killing six. The second strike hit a house in Mandoi area, South Wazistan, killing twenty one people. (The News)

  • The commander of the Fidayeen-e-Islam wing of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Shakirullah Shakir, was shot and killed near Miran Shah. Shakir was reportedly involved in training suicide bombers. He was riding his motorcycle when gunmen fired at him from a car with tinted windows. (AP)

 

June 26, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 25, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 24, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 23, 2011

  • While visiting Wana, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said the army would continue military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) until the “job was done” or the tribes were capable of securing the region alone. He also blamed the security situation in the FATA on “foreign elements.” (The News, Dawn)

 

June 22, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 
June 21, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 20, 2011

  • AFP reports that six of the twelve militants killed in Monday’s drone attack in Kurram were “Afghan fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.” The attack marked the first drone strike in Kurram Agency this year, and the fourth ever. Monday’s attack was linked to reports that members of the Haqqani network has expanded into Kurram in anticipation of a military operation targeting their North Waziristan headquarters. (AFP)

 

June 19, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 18, 2011

  • A girl and a woman were killed and nine more were injured “when a mortar shell hit a house and a hotel” in North Waziristan. The shells were fired by Frontier Corps personnel who were retaliating against a militant rocket attack on their security post near Miram Shah. (The News)

 

June 17, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 16, 2011

  • On Thursday, tribesman in North Waziristan protested U.S. drone strikes in the region by “block[ing] the main Bannu-Miramshah Road . . . [with the] bodies of the four tribesmen killed in Wednesday’s drone attack.” The four tribesmen were killed when their car was struck by drone-fired missiles. According to The News, the vehicle did not have tinted windows “and those seated in it were clearly visible.” (The News)

 

  • Dawn reports local residents are concerned about being displaced in the event of a military operation in North Waziristan. Although no operation has been officially announced, the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has “a contingency capability in place to respond to new displacement situations that may occur in the region.” (Dawn)

 

June 15, 2011

  • Three missiles killed at least fifteen suspected militants in North and South Waziristan. The first two struck a compound near Wana, South Waziristan, killing ten. In a separate attack, four missiles struck a vehicle 6.2 miles east of Miram Shah, North Waziristan, killing five. (Dawn)

 

June 14, 2011

  • According to the Associated Press, Pakistan is planning to seek the help of tribal militias to combat militants in North Waziristan. Emphasizing the use of tribal militias could be an attempt to deflect U.S. pressure regarding a full-scale military operation in North Waziristan. Two “prominent North Waziristan locals” told AP they thought local lashkars would be ineffective and difficult to sustain given insufficient government support. (Associated Press)

 

June 13, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 12, 2011

  • The leader of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Syed Munawar Hasan said the JI would resist a military operation in North Waziristan. He warned the government against launching the operation at the behest of the U.S., claiming it “would bring huge destruction across the country.” (Dawn)

 

June 11, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 10, 2011

  • At a meeting in Islamabad, CIA director Leon Panetta gave Pakistan’s Director General for Inter-Services Intelligece (ISI) Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha alleged evidence of “collusion” between Pakistani security officials and militants. Panetta displayed satellite pictures of bomb-making facilities in North and South Waziristan that were conspicuously evacuated soon after intelligence on their existence was given to the ISI, and before Pakistani soldiers were able to raid them. (New York Times)

 

June 9, 2011

  • At the Corps Commanders’ Conference, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani told participants the army would not adhere to outside pressures to launch operations. He said operations would only be launched on the basis of political consensus. Gen. Kayani’s comments come in the wake of U.S. statements asking Pakistan to launch an operation targeting militant sanctuaries in North Waziristan. (Daily India)

 

June 8, 2011

  • Drone strikes targeted a militant compound and a vehicle in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, killing at least twenty-three. The compound was reportedly being used by militants loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadar. (Express Tribune, New York Times, The News)

 

June 7, 2011

  • In an interview with NPR, Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik said he already had five brigades on the ground in North Waziristan when asked whether or not the army was capable of launching an operation there. When asked if he was specifically targeting the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, as the U.S. has requested, he responded that he targeted all militant groups “indiscriminate[ly].” (NPR)

 

June 6, 2011

  • CNN reports three drone strikes killed twenty-one people in North and South Waziristan. Four missiles hit two militant hideouts in Wacha Dana, South Waziristan killing nine, while a fifth struck a vehicle in Shawal, North Waziristan killing twelve more. (CNN)

 

June 5, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 4, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

June 3, 2011

  •  According to The News, senior officials of the Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps personnel, administration officials and members of peace committees in North Waziristan have pledged to work together to maintain peace in the region. The proclamation came as the administration officials visited tribal elders in various areas of North Waziristan. The officials later held a meeting with tribal elders in Miram Shah and rejected reports about a potential military operation in the region. (The News)

June 2, 2011

  • A group of tribal elders in North Waziristan has expressed their opposition to a potential military operation in the agency. At a press conference, the tribesmen said that “educational institutions, hospitals and offices were functioning smoothly which indicated that normalcy prevailed in the area” and that there was no need for a military operation. (Dawn)

 

  • The News reports that the United States has given Pakistani officials a one-month deadline, until July 2011, to launch a military offensive in North Waziristan Agency. Pakistan security forces have additionally been asked to capture five “most wanted” al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, including Ayman al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Ilyas Kashmiri and Atia Abdur Rehman. (The News)

 

June 1, 2011

  • Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik denied rumors that an imminent offensive in North Waziristan would occur. He said, “I have no such plans as far as I am concerned….We will undertake operations when we want to do it, when it is militarily and otherwise in the national interest to undertake such operations." He said that the military must first consolidate strategic gains in areas such as Mohmand Agency before opening new fronts. Meanwhile, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee briefing, a top diplomatic official confirmed that “the government has not made any commitment with the U.S. on Waziristan operation.” (Reuters)

 

May 31, 2011

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Pakistan's army may be taking preliminary steps towards conducting a military operation in North Waziristan. A senior Pakistani army general last week told tribal elders in Kurram Agency that security forces were planning an attack on Taliban militants in their region in order to better position the military for operations in North Waziristan. (Wall Street Journal)

 

  • Dawn reports that the offensive would be "intelligence-led" and limited in scope, as “there are only two to three pockets having terrorist presence which need to be cleared,” according to a military source. Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik, a top Pakistani army commander, said that the military has “no imminent plans to launch an offensive,” despite speculation that Pakistani officials were convinced to initiate an operation as a means of improving ties with the U.S. Malik stated that, “There is no change in North Waziristan in past months and weeks…We will undertake an operation when we want to, when it's in the national interest." (Dawn, Associated Press)

 

May 30, 2011

  • The News reports that Pakistan has agreed “in principle” to initiate a security operation in North Waziristan Agency. Sources report that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will kick-off the military offensive in the agency with strikes to “soften up militant targets under the ‘targeted military offensive’ before ground operations [are] launched,” against militants of the Pakistani Taliban, led by Hakimullah Mehsud. However, Pakistani officials allegedly face pressure from the U.S. to also target members of the Haqqani network in the agency. The News also states that the decision to undertake the operation had been readied some time ago, but was finalized during the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen to Pakistan. In an interview on Monday, Admiral Mullen told atelevision network that “It’s a very important fight and a very important operation.” A senior official with an international humanitarian agency reported that humanitarian agencies in the region have been notified to prepare for the displacement of up to 365,000 people in advance of the operation. However, a Pakistani military official has told The Express Tribune that a decision on the operation has not been made. Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani will reportedly meet this week with senior officials to discuss U.S. "demands" for a security operation. (The News, Dawn, Reuters, Express Tribune)

 

  • A blast in North Waziristan on Monday killed one person and wounded eight others. Five women were among the injured, including a female minor. The improvised explosive device detonated at a roadside restaurant in Miram Shah. (The News

 

  • A political agent of North Waziristan confirmed that a NATO helicopter crossed into Pakistani airspace and detained five alleged members of the Haqqani network in the area of Gorveet in North Waziristan. However, the U.S. embassy in Islamabad has rejected the reports. (Express Tribune)

 

May 29, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 28, 2011

  • All military checkpoints between North Waziristan’s Khajuri and Frontier Region Bannu have been removed due to an improvement in the area’s security. In addition, the Razmak Cadet College in FR Bannu has been re-opened after having been closed for two years. (Dawn)

 

May 27, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 26, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 25, 2011

  • Suspected Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants fired a mortar at a security check point in North Waziristan on Thursday. No causalities have been reported from the attack, which took place outside Miram Shah. (Dawn)

 

May 24, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 23, 2011

  • A U.S. drone strike on Monday hit a vehicle and killed seven people in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. Two drones fired four missiles at the van, killing those inside. A security official said “I do not know whether there was a high-value target. We received reports that those killed in the van were all foreigners.” (Dawn)

 

May 22, 2011

  • CIA Deputy Chief Michael Morrell met with ISI Director General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, and reiterated US demands for the Pakistan Army to initiate operations in North Waziristan, particularly against the Haqqani network. Although the network is one of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)’s deadliest foes, it is believed that Pakistan considers Haqqani to be a potential ally in post-ISAF Afghanistan, and is therefore unwilling to move against the militant network. According to sources present during the meeting, General Pasha told Deputy Chief Morrell that the Army is already fighting militants on multiple fronts and lacks the resources to initiate any operations in North Waziristan. (The News)

 

  • According to newly released diplomatic cables, Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Afrasiab Khattak told an American diplomat in 2009 that the Pakistani military was protecting the Haqqani network. A cable sent to Washington by Lynne Tracy, the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, reads, “Khattak described the Pakistani military as treating the Haqqanis ‘separately… from other militants.’” (Dawn, The Long War Journal)

 

May 21, 2011

  • According to sources within Pakistan’s security establishment, U.S. intelligence officers have informed Pakistani officials that al Qaeda’s recently-appointed acting chief, Saif al Adal, has created a three-member special operations council whose objectives include targeting Pakistan’s political and military leadership. Al Adal is believed to be operating from the militant stronghold of North Waziristan. (The News)

 

May 20, 2011

  • A diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks said that the Pakistani “military had twice, in late 2009, approved the deployment of U.S. Special Operations teams to North Waziristan and South Waziristan to provide intelligence and surveillance assistance during Pakistani military operations.” The cable, signed by then-U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson, stated that the cooperation would likely end if it became public. A separate cable written by Patterson revealed that U.S. special operations forces “were embedded with Pakistani troops for intelligence gathering by the summer of 2009 and deployed with them on joint operations in Pakistani territory by September that year.” Though the Pakistani military has issued a statement of denial, the cable reports that intelligence "fusion cells" were embedded with Pakistani military units during operations. (Washington Post, Dawn)

 

  • A drone strike in North Waziristan killed six suspected militants in the Tappi area, east of Miram Shah. The drone fired two missiles at a vehicle traveling in the area, killing its occupants. According to a local security official, the identity of those killed in the attack was not immediately known. (Dawn)

 

  • Fresh leaks of U.S. government cables by WikiLeaks, have divulged new information about the U.S. drone program in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The cables reveal support by Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders for drone strikes in the tribal region, even as they have condemned them to the general public. In a meeting in January 2008 with U.S. CENTCOM Commander Admiral William Fallon, Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Kayani requested the U.S. “to provide ‘continuous Predator coverage of the conflict area’ in South Waziristan where the army was conducting operations against militants.” However, the cables do not clarify if Kayani had requested missile-armed drones or simple air surveillance in the region. In response to the appeal, Admiral Fallon stated that drones would not be possible due to resource shortages but offered U.S. Marines to coordinate air strikes for the Pakistani military on the ground.  General Kayani reportedly turned down the offer of U.S. soldiers on the ground due to political sensitivities. The Pakistan Army has issued a statement denying that Kayani had asked for more drone strikes in Pakistan. In addition, a cable sent from the U.S. Embassy Islamabad on March 24 details a meeting between U.S. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and General Kayani, where Mullen “[approved] a third Restricted Operating Zone for US aircraft over the FATA.” (Dawn, Express Tribune)

 

May 19, 2011

  • The News reports that Saif al Adal, the new interim chief of al Qaeda, is believed to be operating from the Waziristan region after being freed by the Iranian government in 2010. Following his release, al Adal was asked by Ayman al Zawahiri to travel to North Waziristan to resume his previous role as al Qaeda's military chief. Al Adal was tasked with “boosting up the military might of al Qaeda against the Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan and stepping up cross-border ambushes against the US-led Allied Forces stationed in Afghanistan.” He is purported to be working in tandem with Ilyas Kashmiri, the operational commander of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI). (The News)

 

May 18, 2011

  • The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is reportedly pushing the insurgent Haqqani Network to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government. U.S. officials have argued that the group is closely allied with al Qaeda and have urged action against the group’s safe havens in North Waziristan. However, the ISI has resisted initiating security operations against the group, and now wants the insurgent network to be “a force for peace” in Afghanistan. A tribal elder from North Waziristan reported that the Haqqanis have been “spooked by an unrelenting campaign of CIA drone strikes and the death of bin Laden….and may be increasingly amenable to talks.” (Wall Street Journal)

 

May 17, 2011

  • On Tuesday, two NATO helicopters reportedly attacked a Pakistani military post near the Afghan border after receiving fire from the Pakistani side of the border. The NATO helicopters flew into Pakistani airspace in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan and fired on the post, killing two Pakistani soldiers. Following the incident, Pakistani security forces lodged a "strong protest" with NATO. (Washington Post, Express Tribune)

 

May 16, 2011

  • In the fifth drone strike in the past eleven days, ten militants were killed in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. The first strike destroyed a suspected militant safe haven, while the second targeted a vehicle carrying militants in the area. According to intelligence officials, one of those killed was the son of al Qaeda operative Abu Kashif. (Dawn, CNN, Reuters)

 

May 15, 2011

  • The bodies of three men were found in the Nawi Adda and Boya areas of Miram Shah in North Waziristan Agency on Sunday. A note accompanied the bodies, accusing the men of spying for the U.S. Two of the deceased were local tribesmen, while the third was an Afghan national. Meanwhile, a curfew has been instituted in areas of North Waziristan, including Razmak, Dos Ali, Mir Ali, and Miram Shah. (The News, AFP)

 

May 14, 2011

  • Authorities recovered two kidnapped contractors of the Frontier Works Organization (FWO). The contractors had been held in North Waziristan since December 2010. In order to secure their release, the regional administration suspended the privileges afforded to the Bhittani tribe, forcing tribal elders to convene “repeated jirgas to get the kidnapped persons recovered.” (The News)

 

May 13, 2011

  • On Friday, a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed at least four militants. The strike took place in the Khar Kamar area when a U.S. drone fired two missiles at a vehicle traveling in the area. (Dawn)

 

May 12, 2011

  • Pakistan police said they have arrested four militants affiliated with the Punjabi Taliban who were allegedly planning attacks in Karachi. A police raid in the Pirabad area recovered suicide vests and explosives from the men. A senior police official declared that, "They have told us that Taliban commander Badar Mansoor had sent them to Karachi to launch terror attacks on security forces and government buildings. They would extort money from the business community and had plans to attack police offices, security agencies and sensitive government establishments.” The men had purportedly trained in the North Waziristan tribal region. (AFP, Daily Times)

 

  • Seven militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Thursday. The drone fired two missiles at a pickup truck traveling in the area. A local official estimated the death toll to be as high as eight and said that foreign militants were among the dead. (Dawn)

 

May 11, 2011

  • The U.S. State and Treasury departments have expanded sanctions against leaders of the Haqqani Network, a militant group that operates primarily out of North Waziristan. On Wednesday,Badruddin Haqqani, the son of the network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, was added to the departments’ list of “specially designated global terrorists.” The move will freeze his assets in the United States as well as bar Americans from conducting business with him. A State Department press release alleged that Badruddin is in charge of kidnappings for the network and helps lead militants in attacks against targets in southeastern Afghanistan. (Dawn, U.S. State Department)

 

May 10, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 9, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 8, 2011

  • A German man, identified as Rami M., was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after confessing to being a member of al Qaeda. He confessed to receiving militant training in the tribal regions of Pakistan between 2009 and 2010 and taking part in militant-led attacks on Pakistani security forces. German authorities believe that the accused was intending to work as al-Qaeda’s contact and fundraiser in Germany. (Reuters, Reuters)

 

May 7, 2011

  • An Afghan intelligence spokesman, Lutfullah Mashal, told reporters that four young boys were detained trying to enter Afghanistan at the main Torkham border crossing, near Peshawar. One of the boys, 13-year-old Fazil Rahman, told reporters, “We were told to go and carry out a suicide attack in Logar province. I was told to press the detonating button…They said the [infidels] will be killed, and you will live.” Last month, a 14-year-old boy told Pakistani authorities that he had spent two months at a militant training camp in Mir Ali, where dozens of boys had been recruited on the understanding that they would be smuggled into Afghanistan to kill ISAF forces through suicide attacks. (Reuters)

 

May 6, 2011

  • At least fifteen suspected militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Friday. The strike targeted a vehicle that allegedly was carrying foreign militants. At least one civilian died in the attack when a missile damaged a nearby home and restaurant. The Washington Post reports that “Friday’s strikes — the first since the U.S. helicopter raid on the compound of Osama bin Laden in northwest Pakistan on Monday — are likely to further stoke tensions between the two allies.” (AP, Washington Post)

 

May 5, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 4, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 3, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

May 2, 2011

  • An indefinite curfew has been instituted in the areas of Mir Ali, Razmak, and Miram Shah. In addition, the main Bannu-Miram Shah road has been closed and traffic has been halted at the Afghan-Pakistani Torkham border crossing following an alleged suicide-bombing alert. (The Nation)

 

  • A Pakistani soldier was killed in a remote-controlled bomb attack in Miram Shah. A security official said that the roadside bomb had been planted by militants and targeted a local security patrol. A search operation commenced following the incident. (The Nation)

 

May 1, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 30, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 29, 2011

  • Three militants were killed in a clash between two groups in the Miram Shah area of North Waziristan on Friday. Militants loyal to Taliban commander Tariq Afridi attacked members of a rival group led by Momin Afridi in a Miram Shah bazaar, killing three of the insurgents. The News reports that Tariq Afridi “[accused] Momin Afridi and his men of being pro-government and has carried several attacks on them including a devastating suicide attack in a mosque at [Darra Adam Khel]. (The News)

 

April 28, 2011

  • The Associated Press reports that the recent dissolution of unity among militant groups in North Waziristan could provide the Pakistan army with an opportunity to conduct a limited offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in Mir Ali. Because the Haqqani group will most likely not be targeted by the operation, the media outlet argues that “If the Haqqanis and other militant groups in North Waziristan cooperate with a military assault against the Pakistani Taliban, that would give the army more options.” The report describes fractures among the militants, which were evident in the killing of Colonel Imam in February; despite pleas by the leaders of the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network, members of the Hakimullah Mehsud-led Taliban executed the former intelligence officer. A Pakistani intelligence official declared, "We always thought that the Afghan Taliban had a sway over these groups, but Col. Imam's killing shows that no one is in control of anyone there. His death was a shock for us." (Associated Press)

 

April 27, 2011

  • A Pakistani security officer was killed and two others injured when Afghan forces fired on a border checkpoint in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan on Wednesday. In retaliatory fire, Pakistani security officers killed three Afghan soldiers. Six local residents were injured and dozens of shops were damaged due to the clash. Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistani and Afghan security forces traded fire in North Waziristan. No injuries were reported and the two incidents appeared to be unrelated. (Associated Press, Dawn)

 

  • Planned political reforms in the FATA have been delayed due to reservations of the security agencies in the country. An unidentified source told the Express Tribune that, “The reforms cannot be implemented in [the FATA] as long as fighting against terrorists continues in the tribal regions and [neighboring] Afghanistan.” The proposed reforms aim to remove restrictions on political activities as well as curtail the powers of the administration to arbitrarily detain people. Meanwhile, a tribal parliamentarian told the media outlet that “the reforms were being introduced at the behest of the United States which wanted to deprive [FATA] of political autonomy the region has been enjoying since the creation of Pakistan.” (Express Tribune)

 

April 26, 2011

  • A curfew instituted in North Waziristan has brought life to a standstill since Saturday. The curfew, instituted on the Bannu-Miram Shah Road, resulted in the closing of all educational institutions, government offices, and commercial banks in the area. The News reports that “the political administration clamps curfew for two days every week in Waziristan for movement of the security forces in the restive tribal region.” In addition, an unannounced curfew has been instituted in Kajhori and Mir Ali by the local administration on a daily basis. (The News)

 

April 25, 2011

  • The main Pakistani supply route for vehicles carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan reopened on Monday. The demonstrations were held in opposition to U.S. drone strikes in the tribal region. The chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Imran Khan, stated that if the drone strikes do not cease within thirty days, demonstrators will block all NATO supply routes in the country and stage a march to Islamabad. Khan additionally declared that the drone strikes were being conducted with the consent of the Pakistani government. (Dawn, Express Tribune)

 

April 24, 2011

  • The main supply route for vehicles carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan remained closed as thousands of people blocked a key highway in Peshawar to protest against U.S. drone strikes, which occur primarily in North Waziristan Agency. Imran Khan, the former cricketer who founded the political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), called for the supply line to be blocked when U.S. officials rejected Pakistan's demand for a sharp reduction in the use of armed drones. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul said that the two-day blockade would have no impact on their operations in Afghanistan. (Reuters)

 

April 23, 2011

  • During a televised address to the cadets at a military academy in the northwestern town of Kakool, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani praised “the tremendous success” of his soldiers in the campaign against Islamist militancy. The army chief declared that the “backbone” of militancy in the country had been broken – apparently rebutting mounting American criticism of Islamabad’s efforts to tackle the threat posed by extremist groups in Pakistan. (Associated Foreign Press)

 

  • A two-day sit-in has begun in Peshawar to block the main supply route for NATO troops in Afghanistan. Political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) organized the sit-in, which is meant to protest U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas, particularly North Waziristan. Vehicles transporting goods and fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan will not drive through the area until Monday, April 25. (The News)

 

  • The oldest English medium educational institution in Pakistan’s tribal areas was closed due to financial constraints. The Tochi Public School was located in Miram Shah, and once hosted 700 students. A teacher at the school told reporters that the political administration could not allocate the funds necessary to keep the school running. Parents and tribal elders expressed disappointment at the announcement, and asked for the government to reconsider its decision. (Dawn)

 

April 22, 2011

  • A U.S. drone strike in Spin Wam village of North Waziristan killed at least twenty-six people on Friday, a day after Pakistani army chief General Kayani condemned such attacks. It is believed that three children and two women are among the dead. The attack reportedly targeted a compound of a local militant commander, Hafiz Gul Bahadur. According to Reuters, foreign militants were among the dead, but their nationalities and numbers could not be verified.  Meanwhile, the Express Tribune reports that on Wednesday,  U.S. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen told General Kayani that the “CIA-led Predator strikes would continue until Pakistan eliminates [the] Haqqani network from its tribal region.” (Associated Press, New York Times, Reuters, Express Tribune)

 

April 21, 2011

  • A U.S. military official has told Reuters that the U.S. will provide Pakistan with eighty-five small ‘Raven’ drone aircraft, a “key step to addressing Islamabad's calls for access to U.S. drone technology.” The official did not disclose the cost of the surveillance aircraft, however, Reuters reports that Pakistan anticipates receiving around $3 billion in U.S. military aid in the upcoming fiscal year. The media outlet additionally states that, “the Raven drone order is separate from U.S. plans to offer Pakistan much larger, longer-range surveillance drones, a proposition put forward by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates during a visit to Pakistan in January 2010.” A senior U.S. defense official said that talks on offering Pakistan surveillance drone technology are in final discussions.(Reuters)

 

April 20, 2011

  • President Zardari has announced that the federal government is dedicated to compensating “the past negligence of socio-economic development of the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and [FATA] by focusing on provision of new vistas of economic and political opportunities to the people of these areas.” He said that the provision of economic opportunities to the people in the region was necessary in order to incorporate the citizens into the mainstream of national life as well as keep unemployed locals from turning to militancy.(The News)

 

April 19, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 18, 2011

  • A Pakistani interior ministry report states that an underground meeting of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was recently held in South Waziristan and attended by the leaders of the Haqqani group, Al Haq Brigade, Fidayi Force, Allah Dad group, Lashkar-e-Islam (LI), Jaish-e-Islam, and the Mujahid Khalid group. Members of the groups gathered to discuss how to respond to a potential military operation in North Waziristan. The Express Tribune reports that, “The militant leaders reportedly reviewed the availability of funds from donors in the Arab world, and created a strategic plan to conduct large-scale attacks against important buildings, military installations and high-profile individuals in the coming year, including Prime Minister [Yousuf] Raza Gilani and his son.” (Express Tribune)

  • A spokesperson for the Fidayeen-e-Islam group of the Taliban has claimed that they have established three facilities in North and South Waziristan to train potential suicide bombers. He maintained that “We have three facilities exclusively for fidayeen (suicide bombers). Each one has more than 350 men being trained in it.” The spokesman also asserted that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) led by Hakimullah Mehsud has recently “separated the operations of suicide bombers from the overall activities of the group.” (Express Tribune)

 

April 17, 2011

  • The government of Pakistan announced that it would halt the movement of NATO supply trucks on April 23 and 24. The political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) has scheduled a protest in Peshawar on those days, and authorities are determined to prevent any incidence of violence. PTI leader Imran Khan and Chief Organizer of FATA Dr. Bashir Ahmed have encouraged residents of North and South Waziristan to stage similar protests. (Daily Mail Pakistan)

 

April 16, 2011

  • The News reports that the two Frenchmen whose arrest on terrorism charges was made public on April 14, had, in fact, been arrested on January 23, after meeting with Tahir Shehzad, a Pakistani national with links to al-Qaeda. It has been said that the Frenchmen wanted to travel to North Waziristan to meet with Umar Patek, a key leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). One detained French citizen is of Pakistani origin, and the other is a convert to Islam. (The News)

 

April 15, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 14, 2011

  • Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani inaugurated a road linking the towns of Bannu, Mir Ali, Miran Shah, and Ghulam Khan. The road’s construction has been funded by the Army to encourage the development of the FATA. The Frontier Works Organization will complete the road in 1.5 years, linking remote areas of North Waziristan to other parts of the country. Its total length will be 50 miles, and its projected cost is $47 million (Rs 4 billion). The project will provide employment opportunities to approximately 2,000 locals. Addressing tribal elders at the inauguration, Kayani acknowledged the sacrifices of tribesmen in the struggle against terrorism. He told the audience that the army resolves to protect the lives and properties of tribesmen against both “internal” and “external” threats. (Daily Times)

  • In a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir condemned Wednesday’s drone attack in South Waziristan that killed six militants from the Haqqani network (HQN). The Foreign Office issued a statement which said, “Pakistan strongly condemns the drone attack at Angoor Adda today. We have repeatedly said that such attacks are counter-productive and only contribute to strengthening the hands of terrorists.” In a statement to the National Assembly, Prime Minister Gilani said that, “We admit we are against them. We were able to separate militants from local tribal people, and when drone attack takes place the local tribes get united with militants.” (Dawn, Reuters)

  • The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has issued its 2010 annual report, which claims that over 900 people were killed by drone strikes last year. In addition, the report states that 1,100 people were killed in terrorist attacks. (Dawn)

  •  Two French citizens have been apprehended in Pakistan in connection to the arrest of Umar Patek, the alleged mastermind behind the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. An unidentified Pakistani official said that the two suspects had planned to travel to North Waziristan with Umar Patek before he was arrested in March. (Dawn)

 

April 13, 2011

  • On Wednesday, a U.S. drone strike killed six militants from the Haqqani network (HQN) in South Waziristan. The attack in the town of Angoor Adda was the first since the U.S. drone strike that killed thirty-nine people in North Waziristan on March 17. (Express Tribune)

  • Despite Wednesday’s drone strike that killed six in Angoor Adda, a senior Pakistan official has stated that the drone campaign has been “frozen for the moment” until the United States and Pakistan “agree on new rules that would reduce the number of CIA missile strikes.” However, there are conflicting reports on whether there would be new constraints on the drone campaign, with U.S. officials maintaining that “aside from pledging to give Pakistan greater visibility into the decisions behind drone strikes, there are no new restrictions on the CIA’s ability to fire.” The Washington Post reports that in Monday’s meeting with CIA director Leon Panetta, ISI head Lieutenant General Pasha did not formally request a halt to the strikes. However, the Los Angeles Times reports that “Pakistan now wants the U.S. to further reduce the frequency of drone strikes.” (Washington Post, Los Angeles Times)

 

April 12, 2011

  • Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has stated that Zarmalook, the Pakistani militant who had allegedly directed an attack on a NATO base in Afghanistan on April 6, had received training at a Taliban camp in North Waziristan. A second militant who had reportedly been planning a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Khalid Alrahman, told reporters that he had received training at a Taliban camp in Miram Shah along with hundreds of other men. He stated that, “We learned different types of suicide bombings in the training center.” (Gulf Times)

  • The Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led Taliban group in North Waziristan has vowed to prohibit militants from targeting educational institutions in the tribal areas. A spokesperson for Hafiz Gul Bahadur, Ahmadullah Ahmadi, said that the Taliban had “always supported male and female education in the tribal region and provided full security to their schools.” Ahmadi also condemned the recent attack on a girls’ school in Dande Darpa Khel. He vowed that the perpetrator would be punished according to Shariah law. (The News)

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pakistani government has privately demanded that the U.S. cease drone strikes in its territory. The media outlet makes the claim that, “The CIA's covert drone program has operated under an arrangement in which Pakistani officials deny involvement in the strikes and criticize them publicly, even as Pakistan's intelligence agency secretly relays targeting information to the CIA and allowed the agency to operate from its territory.” However, Pakistani officials have allegedly sent messages to the Obama administration in recent weeks which condemn the strikes. An unidentified U.S. official also said that the Pakistani government has asked for more “visibility” on the strikes. Kayani has also told officials of the Obama administration that the drone campaign in the FATA has “gotten out of control.” (Wall Street Journal, New York Times)

 

April 11, 2011

  • The Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) has stated that a drone strike has not been launched in Pakistan for three weeks, since the attack on March 17 which killed forty people in Datta Khel. A spokesperson for the CMC said that the attacks “had almost dried up during Davis’s detention but soon after his release a major attack was conducted in North Waziristan which was condemned by General Kayani for the first time.” A senior Pakistani intelligence officer has also told Reuters that joint intelligence operations between the United States and Pakistan have been suspended since late January. (The News, Reuters)

 

April 10, 2011

  • President Zardari, in his upcoming visit to the U.S., is expected to ask President Obama to turn over drone technology to Pakistan so that future strikes could be conducted under a “Pakistani flag.” The Guardian reports that though the request for drone technology has been turned down in the past, Zardari is “hopeful the Americans would be more receptive this time, given the huge anger and rising anti-American feeling that the drone attacks were causing.” (Guardian)
  • Asia Despatch reports that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) suicide squad chief Qari Hussain Mehsud (alias Qari Sahib) was killed in a drone strike last year, despite persistent denials by the TTP. The strike took place in October 2010 in Mir Ali. At the time, Mehsud was holding a meeting with “German Jihadis” about the strategic goals of Al-Qaeda and the TTP, as they relate to Europe. Sources within the Taliban told Asia Despatch, “We couldn’t announce his death in order to avoid a possible downturn of morale within our ranks as we were in preparation to take on security forces in…South Waziristan.” Qari Hussain Mehsud was among the founding members of the TTP, and was commonly known amongst militants as “Ustad-e-Fidayeen” (trainer of the suicide bombers). It is believed that he masterminded almost every suicide attack across Pakistan prior to his death. US authorities also believe he indoctrinated the 2010 Times Square car bomber, Faisal Shahzad. The deaths of Qari Hussain Mehsud, and Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the TTP, constitute two serious blows to the TTP, and they were both inflicted by a drone strike. (Asia Despatch)

 

April 9, 2011

  • A senior Pakistani intelligence officer has told Reuters that joint U.S.-Pakistan intelligence operations have been halted since late January. The media outlet states that they were halted following the incident involving Raymond Davis, the CIA-contractor who killed two Pakistani men on January 27 in Lahore. "Presently, joint operations are on hold," he said. (Reuters)
  • The President of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Syed Munawar Hassan, told members of the press that his religious political party opposed military operations in Pakistan. He said that if military activity were initiated in North Waziristan, the United States would then “force” the government to take similar actions in Southern Punjab, leading to “total chaos” in Pakistan. (Pakistan Observer)
 

April 8, 2011

  • The bodies of three men killed by the Taliban for allegedly working as U.S. spies were found in North Waziristan on Friday. Notes which accompanied the bodies claimed that “the men provided information to the U.S.” and cautioned that “others who did the same would face a similar fate.” (Associated Press)

  • A teenager arrested for his role in the April 3 bombing of a Sufi shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan told local media outlets that “up to 400 suicide bombers are being groomed to wage carnage in the nuclear-armed nation.” According to the boy, Umar Fidayee, the bombers are being trained in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. Prior to the bombing that killed fifty people, Fidayee spent two months at a training camp in Mir Ali and “saw many boys being trained there.” He also stated that he was “initially recruited on the understanding that he would be smuggled into Afghanistan to kill non-Muslims,” but he was instead taken to Dera Ghazi Khan to participate in the bombing. (AFP)

 

April 7, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 6, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 5, 2011

  • The main militant commander in North Waziristan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, has condemned the recent assassination attempts on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. A spokesperson for Gul Bahadur stated that the attacks were a conspiracy and the perpetrators would be punished publicly. He said that the “motives behind the attacks were to create hatred against Muslims and jihad.” (Dawn)

 

April 4, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

April 3, 2011

  • Forty-one people were killed and over a hundred others wounded in two suicide bomb attacks outside of a shrine in Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan district on Sunday. The shrine of the Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan was surrounded by hundreds of worshippers for a religious ceremony when the attacks took place. A spokesperson for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attacks and told local media outlets that it was in response to U.S. drone strikes in the tribal region and military action in the Waziristan region.  Both of the teenage bombers were from North Waziristan, though the attack was allegedly planned in Bajaur Agency. (AFP, CNN, Express Tribune, AP)

 

April 2, 2011

  • On Saturday, President Zardari pledged to implement reforms in the FATA region. According to The News, the President affirmed that the Political Parties Act “reforms would help remove the sense of deprivation among the people and hoped that the remaining problems of tribal areas would also be solved with the implementation of reforms.” A representative for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) also urged Zardari to announce an economic package for the FATA region. (The News)

 

April 1, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

March 31, 2011

  • Following the announcement that the government of Pakistan will compensate the families of 39 people who died in a U.S. drone strike on March 17, some tribesmen in the area have refused to accept the compensation and demanded that the drone strikes in the region cease. In a press conference, tribesmen said "We will not accept the money. We ask the Pakistani rulers to stop strikes by American spy aircraft in future." They also condemned the increased security by Frontier Constabulary soldiers and local militia members at three checkpoints in the agency, stating that the search is against tribal traditions and should be carried out at just one checkpoint. (Xinhua)

 

March 30, 2011

  • Unidentified militants fired four rockets at a military camp in Miram Shah on Wednesday. The attack did not result in any casualties or damage to property. It is still unclear who fired the rockets, which originated from neighbouring mountains. (The News)

 

March 29, 2011

  • No incidents to report today.

 

March 28, 2011

  • The News retracted earlier reports that stated that General Davis Petraeus had apologized to General Kayani for the recent drone attack in North Waziristan that killed over forty people. A U.S. military source denied the reports, affirming that, “With regards to the allegation that General Petraeus contacted the Pakistani military or that he expressed regret over this alleged incident, I can assure you that General Petraeus hasn’t had any contact with Pakistani military leaders since his meeting with General Kayani on March 3.” He also added that, “With regards to the alleged drone incident, we do not comment on these allegations. However, the US mission in Pakistan is to conduct training and provide support to Pakistan’s fight against violent extremists.” (The News)

 

March 27, 2011

  • The News reports that General David Petraeus, the ISAF commander in Afghanistan, warned the U.S. government that drone attacks which target tribesmen should be avoided in the future in order to maintain the U.S. relationship with the Pakistani Army within the War on Terror. In a phone call with General Petraeus, military officials apparently made it clear that future attacks should not be based on intelligence coming from local agents who could be supporting the militants. Petraeus also reportedly expressed regret for the drone attack that killed over forty people in Datta Khel on March 17. (The News)

 

  • Speaking at a panel in Brussels, Ambassador Marc Grossman, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, expressed regrets for civilian casualties in Pakistan. This statement is seen as a response to public outcry at a drone strike that killed several tribal elders in North Waziristan on March 17. “[W]hen civilians are killed, we regret it. We deeply regret it,” Grossman told the audience of “Bridging the Trust Deficit with Pakistan,” a panel at the Brussels Forum. Pakistani representatives were scheduled to attend a trilateral meeting with the US and Afghanistan on March 26, but pulled out after the March 17 drone strike. (Associated Press of Pakistan)

 

March 26, 2011

  • The government of Pakistan will compensate the families of 39 people who died in a drone strike in Datta Khel on March 17. Tribal administration official Asghar Khan said, “Each of the families will be paid Rs300,000 ($3,500), while Rs100,000 ($1,200) will be paid to each of the six injured.” Khan added that the payments would commence on Monday. This will be the first time that compensation has been given for drone strike casualties. (Express Tribune)

 

March 25, 2011

  • The News reports that that the families of the victims of the recent U.S. drone strike that killed forty people last week have yet to be compensated. The media outlet has stated that residents in Datta Khel were “not only upset over the cold response of the government but were angry with their MNA [Member of National Assembly] for not raising the issue of killing of innocent tribesmen in the National Assembly. (The News)

 

March 24, 2011

  • On Thursday, President Zardari condemned U.S. drone strikes in the tribal region and said the Obama Administration would have to end them. Zardari also told a U.S. delegation led by Congressman Rob Wittman that the “recent drone attack on a peace Jirga in North Waziristan was intolerable.” (Dawn)

 

March 23, 2011

  • The celebration of Pakistan Day on March 23 was boycotted by tribesmen in North Waziristan in response to the recent drone strikes which killed over forty people last week. Anonymous tribal elders reportedly told The News that they had been “advised through pamphlets, believed to be circulated by the local Taliban, to avoid attending the government-sponsored functions.” (The News)

 

March 22, 2011