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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:55 AM

Thirty-One Killed as Militants Attack Pakistan Checkpoint

Source: Reuters

Thirty-one killed as militants attack Pakistan checkpoint

at Feb 2, 2013 1:18am EST

By Saud Mehsud

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan's restive northwest on Saturday, with at least 31 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said.

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a U.S. drone strike in neighboring North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed.

The Pakistani military and pro-government militias have since 2009 regained territory from the Pakistan Taliban, who once controlled land a few hours' drive from the capital of Islamabad.

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Security sources said at least 12 militants and nine officials and civilians were killed in the clash. Two bodies had suicide bomb belts on them, an official said.


Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE91103G20130202?irpc=932

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Hissyspit Feb 2013 OP
lib2DaBone Feb 2013 #1
cosmicone Feb 2013 #2
Turbineguy Feb 2013 #3
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #4
samsingh Feb 2013 #5

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:12 AM

1. Very sad. 11 years of war is enough...

 

11 years of war and $40 Billion a month flushed down a hole in the sand.

Way past time to bring our troops home and re-build America first.

(Although I doubt anyone in Washington is listening)

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:10 AM

2. Pakistan would be so much better off

if it gave up its ambitions of dominating India via terrorism and grabbing Kashmir.

Pakistan also must realize that India is far bigger and has an economy 117 times that of Pakistan and any striving for parity is foolish. Pakistan can easily make peace with India, cut its military spending and allow Indian and Western investments that would create jobs, bring better healthcare and everyone can reap a peace dividend.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:34 AM

3. Never happen.

Too easy.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:36 AM

4. As you probably know, the tension between Pakistan and India is as burdened by a tragic

history. In that way it is similar to the tension between Israel and Palestinians.

Have you seen the Indian film, "Earth"?

I thought it was interesting on this subject.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:38 PM

5. agreed. a book came out and admitted that pakistan crossed the line of control in 1998 first

and started the kirgil war. something they denied doing.

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