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    Re: Operation ‘Khyber-1′ Launched

    Operation updates: Lashkar-e-Islam spokesperson among 30 militants killed in Tirah airstrikes



    At least 30 suspected militants belonging to the Lashkar-e-Islam were killed when security forces carried out airstrikes on militant sanctuaries in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

    A statement issued by the army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), while confirming the military action, said two arms and ammunition dumps were also destroyed in the strikes.

    According to Reuters, Lashkar-e-Islam’s spokesperson Salahuddin Ayubi was also killed in the strikes.

    The Lashkar-e-Islam announced an alliance with the Taliban earlier this month, the intelligence officials said.

    In the current month, this is the third major air strike in Tirah.

    A few days earlier, at least 35 suspected militants were killed and several others injured in airstrikes in Tirah.

    Read: Khyber-One operation: Jets pound militant targets in Tirah, 35 dead

    The armed forces are engaged in military action Khyber-I in Bara’s plains and mountains (Tirah) of Khyber Agency since the mid of October 2014.

    Officials have termed the military action successful and on such grounds have announced repatriation of Internally Displaced People (IDP) to their homes. Registration of IDPs in this respect is in final stages whereas the first convoy of IDPs will depart for their homes on Friday.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/858671/3...ikes-in-tirah/
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    Drone war: ‘Burraq’ turned the tide in Tirah battle, say officials

    PESHAWAR: The strategic Tirah Valley has been the scene of fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and a potpourri of militants for nearly two weeks. The military claims to have achieved ‘significant successes’ in the battle for Tirah. And security officials say Pakistan’s indigenously-developed armed drone ‘Burraq’ has turned the tide against the militants in this offensive.

    The remotely-piloted aircraft ‘Burraq’ and laser-guided missile ‘Burq’ were tested on March 14, taking Pakistan a step closer to acquiring the technology it has long demanded from the United States. However, senior security officials told Express News that much before ‘Burraq’ was publicly showcased it had been tested in live combat against militants in the Tirah Valley.

    The officials would not say how many targets have been taken out with the help of Burraq, but they claimed that senior militant commanders, including those from Mangal Bagh’s Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in Pakistani drone strikes.

    According to dronewars.net, a website that provides information and comment on use of drones, 30 other countries have large military drones. Apart from its pure military usage, Burraq also has valuable reconnaissance importance and Tirah has been a testing ground for it.

    “They have built bunkers in the mountains covered by a wall which initially made it difficult for us to target,” one security official said. “However, their movements were tracked and their hideouts destroyed with the help of laser-guided missiles,” he added.

    On March 18, a gathering of militants was targeted in a border village in Tirah which led some private TV channels to report that TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah was also among those killed in the strike. Officially, Fazlullah’s death was not confirmed, while the TTP denied the media report as propaganda.

    Giving details of the strike, another security official said several militants had gathered in the village close to the Nizyan district of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. “They were celebrating [something] and had brought along three cows to slaughter,” another security official told Express News.

    After a fierce battle that lasted well over a week, almost 109 militants were killed. But the victory in sight has not come easy as the ridge connecting Pakistan and Afghanistan has been the scene of bloody fighting. Though the militants have been mostly dislodged from the ridge, the LeI and TTP are getting support from militant groups from other parts of the tribal belt as well as from Afghanistan.

    The officials said the fleeing militants had strapped bombs to the abandoned bodies of their comrades and security personnel killed in the fighting. Since these were ‘pressure bombs’, a special team from the Corps of Engineers had to be called in to defuse them.

    While the North Waziristan operation was thought to be the mother of all battles, the Tirah operation has turned out to be more difficult than the military had anticipated. Three militant factions – LeI, TTP and TTP Jamaatul Ahrar – have ganged up to put up a united front. On the first day of combat there were over 200 fighters, but their numbers have multiplied since then. Analysts say peace in the region now hinges on the outcome of the Tirah battle.

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2015.


    http://tribune.com.pk/story/859152/d...say-officials/
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    Re: 7 militants killed in Khyber air strike

    This is an example of the effectiveness of the military operation launched by our ally Pakistan. Operation Zarb-Azb is a testament to the commitment of our allies and ours in eradicating violent militants from the region. We realize that fighting and ending an insurgency is the toughest form of conflict but through cooperation and coordination we make every effort to succeed. General Lloyd Austin III, Commander of the U.S. Central Command, has acknowledged and supported Operation Zarb-e-Azb in his testimony to U.S. Congress, stating, “The Pakistani military's recent operations to clear militant strongholds in North Waziristan and other FATA regions and to prevent the militants' return have achieved near-term successes.”

    While recognizing these achievements Gen. Austin also reflected on the current progress in U.S. – PAK relations, “In December 2014, we addressed respective expectations for the scope and scale of our future military-to-military engagements. We also prioritized our security cooperation at the Defense Consultative Group Conference with the goal to help Pakistan to build additional capacity in support of their counter-insurgency and CT operations and other common objectives”, he stated.

    We are also conducting multi-lateral regional military exercises to boost our coordination and response to regional security threats. We hope that together we can diminish the threat of violent extremism that has plagued the region.

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    Re: Drone war: ‘Burraq’ turned the tide in Tirah battle, say officials

    For those of you who don’t know, Pakistan started producing drones quite a few decades back. These drones were purely for research (e.g weather) purposes and were produced under civilian supervision in Karachi.

    We all knew the Burraq was going to be very important for us. We asked the US for the technology a long time ago, but they never gave it to us.
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    Pakistan army battles Taliban for strategic valley

    Peshawar (Pakistan) (AFP) - High in the mountains along the Afghan border, Pakistan's fight against Taliban militants is focusing on their last, fearsome redoubt -- the notorious Tirah Valley, home to renegades and rebels for centuries.

    The military has mounted a series of air strikes and ground assaults in Tirah in recent weeks that it says have captured key passes in a remote region that has never before come under full government control.

    The operation in Tirah, part of Khyber tribal area, aims to build on the army's offensive against strongholds of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups in nearby North Waziristan that began in June last year.

    Last month the army said it killed at least 230 militants in Tirah, which has long been a hideout for TTP ally Lashkar-e-Islam (LI).

    Security officials in the northwest told AFP that the so-called Khyber II operation to shut down LI's hideouts in Tirah began in earnest on March 18, and ground skirmishes are continuing.

    Chief military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted last week that the strategic Masatul pass, which links to Afghanistan's restive Nangarhar province, had been secured.

    A security source in the northwest said other important passes had also been taken.

    "We have taken over three main strategic locations by moving ground forces to Masatul Pass, Takhtakai mountain and Sokh area," one security source told AFP.

    "With these gains, we have blocked their movement from and to Orakzai tribal region, Kurram, Bara and Afghanistan."

    The area is remote and off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to verify the army's claims -- and the number and identity of those killed.

    TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani denied the claims, saying his group has killed 30 soldiers so far and lost only three militants.

    - Fierce independence -

    If the operation is a success and the military brings Tirah under government control, it will end the renegade status the area has enjoyed for hundreds of years.

    Tirah's geography makes it an almost perfect hideout. Rather than a single valley, it is a network of peaks and vales covering an area of 1500-1800 square kilometres (600-700 square miles) at altitudes of up to 2,500 metres (8,000 feet).

    The valleys are steep-sided and covered to a large extent with dense woodland. There are no roads in the area, with locals largely relying on mules and horses for transport.

    Tirah also has some of Pakistan's most fertile land for marijuana and opium, which has helped militant groups fund their activities.

    To the north the Spin Ghar mountain range, soaring to a highest point of nearly 4,800 metres, separates Tirah from Afghanistan's Tora Bora, where Osama bin Laden reputedly hid out after the US invasion in 2001.

    This isolation and inaccessibility have made the area an easy place to hide, a hard place to control and a favoured bolthole for rebels since the days of the Mughal empire.

    - Taliban bolthole -

    But it is not Tirah's history that is motivating the army's current charge.

    The fight against militants was given fresh impetus in December when TTP gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

    Tirah's eastern end leads directly to the plain on which Peshawar sits and army chiefs believe securing it will help stop attacks on the city and its suburban hinterland.

    "This is the last hideout for LI militants and their TTP affiliates. This is the battle of their survival and military action will curtail the movement of Taliban," a security official privy to the latest fighting told AFP.

    Security analyst Imtiaz Gul agreed taking Tirah would help secure Peshawar, which has borne the brunt of the TTP's nearly eight-year fight against the state.

    "It will degrade their capability and dislodge their shelters. Denying a space to the militants and clearing an important bastion such as Tirah will curtail the overall movement of the militants," Gul told AFP.

    Besides the strategic importance of the captured locations, officials say Tirah is the only hideout left in Pakistan for TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah.

    Fazlullah, believed to have ordered the 2012 murder attempt on schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai, became public enemy number one for many in Pakistan after the Peshawar massacre.

    "Fazlullah either remains in Afghanistan or in Tirah. We started this operation based on reports that he has arrived in Tirah. If we clear this area from the militants, he won't have any place to hide," a security official said.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1173892

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    Re: Operation ‘Khyber-1′ Launched

    Pushtoon terror continues.....

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    Re: Operation ‘Khyber-1′ Launched

    Quote Originally Posted by safriz View Post
    Pushtoon terror continues.....
    Why blame the Pushtoon? What about the rest? Are they angels?

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    Re: Operation ‘Khyber-1′ Launched

    Quote Originally Posted by manuu View Post
    Why blame the Pushtoon? What about the rest? Are they angels?
    there are no Punjabi or sindhi in Tirah valley or Waziristan. So why should i blame them?

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    263 hardcore terrorists killed in Khyber's Tirah: ISPR

    In a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter account Wednesday, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa outlined Pakistan Army's successes in Operation Zarb-i-Azb, revealing that 263 terrorists have been killed so far in Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley.

    The ISPR spokesman tweeted that the information was given in a briefing to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif during his visit to frontline troops amidst the ongoing operation in Khyber Agency. He reviewed phenomenal progress so far made in eliminating terrorists

    Bajwa said terrorist strongholds in the region have been reduced and no escapes have been allowed in this operation.

    The Army Chief was also informed that the area is infested with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which are mostly foreign made.

    He was also told that 392 IEDs have been neutralised by special engineers, whereas 35 soldiers have embraced martyrdom since the start of Operation Khyber-2.

    DG ISPR said that the COAS paid a rich tribute to soldiers and appreciated their sacrifices rendered in the operation. He directed troops to continue with the same momentum until terrorism is completely eliminated and ultimate peace is achieved.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1174692/263...ers-tirah-ispr

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    Re: Operation ‘Khyber-1′ Launched

    Five army personnel, 27 militants killed in Tirah



    LANDI KOTAL: Five soldiers, a captain among them, and 27 militants were killed in clashes in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Thursday.

    According to security sources, soldiers were entering militants’ strongholds when an intense ground battle took place. They identified the officer who lost his life in the line of duty as Capt Ajmal.

    With ground offensives continuing in parts of Tirah valley for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, security forces gained control of some areas which were previously held by the banned groups.

    Take a look: Security forces claim major success in Tirah valley

    Informed sources told Dawn that security forces had entered Garhi Kamar Khel, Nakai Malikdin Khel, Zarmanza in Sikandar Khel and Dwa Thoe, Tangu, Mehraban Kalay, Khaeyst, Tharkho Kas, Mailu, Thor Darra and Malakabad localities in Kukikhel area. All these areas had been under the control of Tariq Afridi group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) since 2010.

    The sources said ground forces were supported by intense artillery firing and aerial shelling by helicopter gunships. They said troops faced little or no resistance in these localities as militants affiliated with the TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Lashkar-i-Islam had vacated their sanctuaries prior to the assault by security forces.

    Security officials while confirming the advance into the militant-occupied territories said that fleeing militants had left behind a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Militants’ hideouts were demolished by the troops.

    They said artillery was now targeting militant positions in Sra Vella and Wachay Wany areas of Kukikhel. They said fleeing militants had taken refuge in areas close to the Afghan border, including Serhai and Rajgul.

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    Re: Operation ‘Khyber-1′ Launched

    RIP for the 5 lost soldiers.

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    Gen Sharif attends funeral of Army officer killed in Tirah fighting

    RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Saturday attended the funeral prayers of Captain Qasim Zia, who was killed during intense fighting in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

    Capt Qasim was severely injured during an operation in Tirah Valley on April 29. He was shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Peshawar for treatment where he succumbed to his wounds.

    His funeral prayers were offered at the Army Graveyard near Racecourse Ground in Rawalpindi on Saturday. The prayers were attended by the General Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zaka Ullah among other military officers and relatives of Capt Qasim.

    The army chief paid rich tributes to Capt. Qasim and expressed the resolve to continue fighting terrorists until their complete elimination.

    Capt Qasim’s father said that his son had been restless ever since militants had attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar.

    “One day he said that if his son went to APS Peshawar, and his body came back, what would you feel?”

    He added that when the operation started in Tirah valley and Capt Qasim was included in the mission, he went there with the motivation to “exact revenge for slain students of APS Peshawar.”

    “He (Capt Qasim” went there(Tirah) to exact revenge for APS Peshawar. He killed many terrorists and injured many others, and then he was slain. My son did that for this nation and country. I advise every Pakistani child to follow in the footsteps of Capt Qasim.”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/879928/a...irah-fighting/
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    Airstrikes in Khyber kill 12 suspected militants

    At least 12 suspected militants were killed during airstrikes in Khyber Agency on Tuesday, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

    Fighter jets carried out airstrikes in the early hours of Tuesday near the Pak-Afghan border, killing 12 terrorists including some important commanders.

    Security forces are already involved in Operation Khyber-Two military operation against Taliban and other terrorist groups hiding in different parts of the Tirah valley. The operation aims to reclaim all areas under the control of several outlawed militant groups in Khyber Agency and FATA.


    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015...ted-militants/

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    Re: Operation Zarb-e-Azb updates (Khyber I and II)

    I Do appreciate Operation Zarb e Azb.. and pray for COAS for ling live and stay more for this operation untill this operation is not end, RS must stay as COAS that's my thinking

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