Dozens Dead in Pakistan Border Battle
Posted on Oct 9, 2007
In an attempt to target suspected militants with ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban, the Pakistani army has bombarded a section of its shared border with Afghanistan for four days, causing chaos in the town of Mir Ali in north Waziristan, where some 45 troops and 150 rebels have reportedly been killed.
It is the heaviest fighting for many months in North Waziristan, which the US says is an al-Qaeda safe haven.
Pakistan’s President Musharraf—a vital ally in the US-led “war on terror”—is under pressure to do more to stop militants crossing into Afghanistan, where violence this year has soared.
The BBC’s Barbara Plett in Islamabad says that Mir Ali is known as a base for foreign militants with links to the Taleban and al-Qaeda.