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By HABIB KHAN – 1 hour ago
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — A tribe in a Pakistani region where the military has fought insurgents has agreed to stop sheltering foreign fighters and hand over local Taliban leaders, authorities said.
Pakistan has previously signed such pacts with tribes in its northwest regions bordering Afghanistan, and they tend to unravel. But Monday's agreement in the Bajur tribal area came after the army said it had defeated insurgents there after six months of fighting.
Bajur is a rumored hiding place of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, and the offensive there has earned praise from American officials who are concerned that militants use Pakistan as a base from which to plan attacks in Afghanistan.
The 28-point pact was signed with the Mamund tribe, which controls a large swath of Bajur and whose ranks have yielded most of the top leaders of the local Taliban. Shafirullah Khan, the top Bajur government official, told reporters that the tribe also agreed to ban the display of heavy weapons. Tribal elders have traditionally had massive influence in Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal regions.
Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters have decimated the elders' ranks, but the Pakistani government has still relied on tribes to help it overcome militants — encouraging the rise of tribal militias, for example. The government also prefers to avoid talking directly to militants, and thus turns to intermediaries including tribal leaders.
A whole new fashion is suddenly upon us. If only, in the confrontation with reactionary Islamism, we could separate the moderate extremists from the really extreme extremists. In the last few days, we have heard President Barack Obama musing about a distinction between good and bad Taliban, the British government insisting on a difference between Hezbollah the political party and Hezbollah the militia, and Fareed Zakaria saying that the best way of stopping the militants may be to allow them to run things in their own way, since an appetite for the imposition of sharia does not equate to a thirst for global jihad and may even partially slake that thirst.
BRUSSELS: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden consults with top NATO and European Union officials Tuesday about international efforts to step up the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Biden was to address NATO's main decision making body, the North Atlantic Council, and to meet with Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO's outgoing secretary general, over the alliance's military strategy in Afghanistan.
His trip comes less than a week after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited NATO and EU headquarters, highlighting the new priority that diplomatic outreach to allies has become for Washington.
Tuesday's visit is Biden's second trip to Europe since he took office. He was in Munich, Germany, in February, where he pushed for closer U.S.-European relations.
A top issue Tuesday will be the Afghan war and growing concern that neighboring Pakistan could be sliding further into instability.
Originally posted by Common Good
I will believe it when I see it. Words arent good enough for me anymore, I want their heads on a platter. Why didnt we just send in Chuck Norris?
This would have been a whole lot easier if we did.
Originally posted by Common Good
reply to post by Ownification
first of all, I am not speaking on my own personal beliefs but on the topic of the conversation.
Second of all, you are an ass.
Im sure you are the type of person that walks around everyday thinking you are smarter than the next person, when really, you are just a two bit whack job that needs to chill out on the overdosing of man on man porn.
People like you make me want to
I want their heads on a platter
The Pakistani military and the Taliban fought intense battles over the weekend in two of the tribal agencies where the government claims to have defeated the extremist group.
Taliban forces under the command of Mohmand leader Omar Khalid killed or captured late Saturday night 17 members of the Khasadar Force, a lightly armed paramilitary police unit, along with three government officials.
The Khasadar had been dispatched to the home of a local tribal leader after the Taliban surrounded his home. The Taliban attacked the tribal leader because he has helped the government in the past and had recently welcomed the Mohmand political agent and the commander of the Frontier Corps' Mohmand Rifles into his home