Top Pakistani militant Ilyas Kashmiri reported killed in US drone attack

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Pakistani television in Karachi reports the death of top militant leader Ilyas Kashmiri in a US drone strike in the tribal territory of South Waziristan. Kashmiri is believed to be behind some of the deadliest attacks in India and Pakistan.-Newscom

Ilyas Kashmiri was a senior Al Qaeda operative believed to be behind some of the deadliest attacks, including a suicide attack on Pakistan’s spy agency and attacks on US forces in Afghanistan.

By Brad KnickerbockerStaff writer / June 4, 2011

Ilyas Kashmiri, a top Pakistani militant and senior Al Qaeda operative, reportedly has been killed in a US drone strike in the tribal territory of South Waziristan, according to press reports and a statement from the group he headed.

Kashmiri is believed to be behind some of the deadliest attacks in India and Pakistan, including a 2009 suicide attack on Pakistan’s spy agency and attacks on US forces in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Pakistan's army frees hostages, 7 dead

Last updated 16:46 11/10/2009

LATEST: Pakistani commandos have raided a building inside army headquarters and freed 25 people held hostage for more than 18 hours by Islamist fighters, a military spokesman said.

Three captives and four hostage-takers were killed, while one militant was believed to be on the run.

The audacious assault on the country’s military establishment showed the strength of militants allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban ahead of a planned army offensive on their heartland in South Waziristan along the Afghan border and signaled that any push there would be met with more attacks across Pakistan.

The government said the siege had steeled its resolve to go through with the South Waziristan offensive, calling it “inevitable.” The United States and Pakistan’s other Western allies want the country to take more action against insurgents also blamed for soaring attacks on US and Nato troops in Afghanistan. Continue reading