Pakistan army battles tribal groups

Security forces kill six local fighters in clashes in North Waziristan.

    Violence has intensified in the Pakistan's tribal
    region, which borders Afghanistan [EPA] 

    The authorities had struck the deal last September in a bid to isolate foreign fighters and curb cross-border incursions into Afghanistan, but local groups scrapped the deal after security forces stormed a mosque in the capital, Islamabad, earlier this month.
     
    Waziristan has long been regarded as a safe haven for al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters sheltered by their local Pashtun allies.
     
    Al-Qaeda
     
    George Bush, the US president, said on Saturday he was troubled by a US intelligence report that al-Qaeda was gaining strength in the Pakistani tribal region.
     
    The report, made public this week, said there was a "persistent and evolving" threat to the US from armed groups in the region.
     
    In his taped weekly radio address, Bush said Pakistani tribal leaders had proven unwilling or unable to police the area themselves.
     
    US officials have said that Washington never ruled out any options when it came to striking against al- Qaeda or the Taliban.
     
    But Pakistan has said only its own troops could carry out counter-terrorism actions on its soil.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.