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Pakistani Doc Who Helped Find Bin Laden Had Ties to Terrorist Group

Pakistani Doc Who Helped Find Bin Laden Had Ties to Terrorist Group

AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — The Pakistani surgeon who helped do reconnaissance of Osama bin Laden’s compound was not sentenced to 33 years behind bars for helping the CIA, as initially reported, new court documents show. 
Instead, Dr. Shakil Af…

Leon Panetta Calls Pakistan Doctor’s Treason Sentence ‘Disturbing’

Leon Panetta Calls Pakistan Doctor’s Treason Sentence ‘Disturbing’

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said it was “disturbing” and “difficult to understand” Pakistan’s 33-year prison sentence for a doctor who aided the United States in finding terrorist…

Senate Protests Bin Laden Informant’s Conviction; Threatens to Cut Pakistan Aid

Senate Protests Bin Laden Informant’s Conviction; Threatens to Cut Pakistan Aid

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON ) — Two Senate committees Thursday took the first legislative steps to cut aid to Pakistan after that country’s conviction of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who aided American intelligence in its mission to kill Osama bin L…

Suspected Militants in Pakistan Killed in Drone Strike

Suspected Militants in Pakistan Killed in Drone Strike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — At least 10 alleged militants were killed Thursday in a drone strike in northwest Pakistan, according to local officials.Two missiles were fired on a compound in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.Thursday’s attac…

Pakistani Doctor Who Aided Bin Laden Hunt Gets 33 Years

Pakistani Doctor Who Aided Bin Laden Hunt Gets 33 Years

AFP/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pakistani doctor who aided American intelligence in its mission to kill Osama bin Laden has been convicted of high treason in his home country and sentenced to 33 years in prison plus a fine, Pakistani officials …

Drone Strike Kills Suspected Militants in Northwest Pakistan

Drone Strike Kills Suspected Militants in Northwest Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — A two-missile attack on a compound in northwestern Pakistan killed four alleged militants, according to preliminary reports.The identities of those killed in Tuesday’s air strike were not immediately known.This late…

Obama Meets With Pakistani President Zardari

Obama Meets With Pakistani President Zardari

Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — President Obama and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari met briefly Monday on the sidelines of the NATO summit, but made no progress toward resolving their diplomatic standoff over supply routes in Af…

Signs Point to Reopening of Supply Routes in Pakistan

Signs Point to Reopening of Supply Routes in Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — There may have finally been a breakthrough in the long stalemate between Islamabad and the U.S. over NATO supply routes in Pakistan that have been shut down since last November.Islamabad closed the key supply routes…

American in Al Qaeda Custody Begs Obama to Meet Captives’ Demands

American in Al Qaeda Custody Begs Obama to Meet Captives’ Demands

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 70-year-old American contractor who was kidnapped by al Qaeda in Pakistan last August appeared in a new video released Sunday in which he begs President Obama to bow to his captors’ demands in order to gain his r…

Brennan Defends Drone Strikes as Pakistan and Protestor Object

Brennan Defends Drone Strikes as Pakistan and Protestor Object

C-SPAN(WASHINGTON) — As White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan delivered a speech Monday defending the U.S. drone campaign against Taliban and al Qaeda militants, an audience member interrupted and delivered a minute-long speech of her own…

Pakistan Publicly Condemns US Drone Attack

Pakistan Publicly Condemns US Drone Attack

HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — For the first time, Pakistan has publicly condemned a U.S. drone attack in its territory.”The Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the US drone attack that occurred in North Waziristan [Sunday],” read a s…

Pakistan Again Calling for End to US Drone Strikes

Pakistan Again Calling for End to US Drone Strikes

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — As relations between Washington and Islamabad are close to bottoming out, Pakistan is again demanding that the U.S. cease all drone strikes in its territory, claiming they are a violation of national sovereig…

Osama Bin Laden Wives Heading Out of Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden Wives Heading Out of Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Osama bin Laden’s three wives are once again on their way to Saudi Arabia after serving a short sentence under house arrest in Pakistan for illegally entering the country.The wives, along with a gaggle of children, w…

US Embassy in Pakistan Issues Security Warning for Americans

US Embassy in Pakistan Issues Security Warning for Americans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad issued a rare warning on Thursday, restricting its employees from going to restaurants and markets in Islamabad for over a week.
The warning is based on security concerns and will be in…

Pakistan’s Top Court Convicts Prime Minister of Contempt

Pakistan’s Top Court Convicts Prime Minister of Contempt

TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court has convicted the country’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt, the latest step in a case that has stoked political tensions for months and threatens to launch the country in…

Pakistan Successfully Launches Nuclear Capable Missile

Pakistan Successfully Launches Nuclear Capable Missile

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — Raising the stakes in the region’s nuclear rivalry, Pakistan’s military announced on Wednesday it has successfully launched a new missile. The Hatf IV Shaheen-1A, an intermediate range ballistic missile, was launche…

Passenger Plane Crashes on Approach to Islamabad

Passenger Plane Crashes on Approach to Islamabad

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — A passenger plane carrying 127 people crashed in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday, killing everyone on board and leaving body parts strewn across the village and the plane broken into several pieces, according to witn…

Osama Bin Laden Wives Leaving Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden Wives Leaving Pakistan

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Osama bin Laden’s wives and children will be leaving Pakistan by plane in just a few hours, according to their lawyer.The al Qaeda leader’s three wives — two Saudis and one Yemeni — along with nine children, had been h…

Taliban Pulls Off Biggest Jailbreak in Pakistani History

Taliban Pulls Off Biggest Jailbreak in Pakistani History

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — Hundreds of dangerous militants are on the loose in northwestern Pakistan after Taliban militants freed them Sunday from a prison in the town of Bannu.Described as the biggest jailbreak in the country’s history, the…

Pakistani Panel Demands New Restrictions, Apology from US

Pakistani Panel Demands New Restrictions, Apology from US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — Still furious over the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers during a NATO air strike last November, a parliamentary panel in Islamabad has recommended that coalition forces should no longer be allowed to use Pakistan to …

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