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The Pakistani military says it has captured a Taliban stronghold in the Swat Valley, as it tries to regain control in the region.
It says it met stiff resistance before securing the town of Maalam Jabba, which it said was being used as a training centre and supply base for the Taliban.
Earlier, the Pakistani authorities said nearly 2.4m people had fled their homes in the past month due to the fighting.
The Taliban were being trained by foreign mercenaries linked to al-Qaida, Khan said. "They are experts in IEDs [roadside bombs], sniper fire and explosives. Mostly Tajiks and Uzbeks, basically. They get paid for their expertise," he said.
I don't think the Taliban are going to fight once they see a consolidated effort against them. Their effort at getting into Mingora is to melt into the crowd, to move out with the exodus of refugees," he said. He predicted that a hardcore of fighters would retreat into remote valleys north of Mingora and try to sue for peace.
The crisis is being labeled as the worst-ever in Pakistan’s history and I believe it is one of the biggest challenges faced by the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) led government in Pakistan. It is also a challenge for the ANP that leads the provincial government in the NWFP.
It takes a while for the registration processes [by which] the government formally recognizes them as being displaced and [they are] allowed to access services.
About 80 percent or 90 percent of the displaced people are actually relying on the hospitality of family and friends in nearby areas--districts like Swabi, Mardan, Charsadda, and Nowshera--that are around Swat, Buner, and Lower Dir
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the United States was sending $110 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Pakistan, part of the administration's new strategy for countering the appeal of Taliban militants in the nuclear-armed American ally.
Clinton detailed the aid package at the White House, saying the money is flowing to ease the plight of about 2 million Pakistanis who have fled fighting in the country's Swat Valley and are living in squalid tent cities.
How does Obama's approach differ from Bush's approach?
One major contrast behind the Obama-Holbrooke [Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan] approach and the Bush approach is the funding. Earlier, under Bush, our military assistance and funding for Pakistan was roughly ten times the size of what we were providing in non-military assistance.
Today that is being rebalanced. The military assistance will be sustained, but it will be outweighed by a larger economic package for reconstruction and development, and to help promote the economies of the tribal areas. It’s geared to help Pakistan modernize, which means public health initiatives, women’s literacy, energy infrastructure.
There was very little of that happening during the Bush administration.
Now, we’re spending $800 million a year for the military side, and $1.5 billion for the economic, social and development side.
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TBILISI, May 26 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia's opposition, which has been demanding the president's resignation for around two months, said it planned to start "radical acts" on Tuesday.
"Today we will seal the railway, from today we will start the most radical acts," Eka Beselia of the Movement for United Georgia, said at a rally outside the Georgian parliament.
Russian warships are due to call Wednesday, May 27, at the Bahrain port of Manama, seat of the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, DEBKAfile's military sources reveal. They will be following in the wake of the Russian vessels already docked at the Omani port of Salalah, the first to avail themselves of facilities at Gulf ports.
Their arrival is fully coordinated between the Russian and Iranian naval commands.
According to our sources, this is the first time a Russian flotilla will have taken on provisions and fuel at the same Gulf ports which hitherto serviced only the US Navy. Moscow has thus gained its first maritime foothold in the Persian Gulf.