Nine suspected militants killed in Orakzai airstrikes
[Dawn] Nine suspected hard boyz were killed and three hideouts demolished in
Arclight airstrikes conducted by Pak security forces in the upper Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
, DawnNews reported on Thursday.
According to assistant political agent Rafiq Mohmand, the
Arclight airstrikes took place in the Arghanjo area of the upper Orakzai Agency.
An ongoing military offensive against suspected hard boyz in the tribal agency appears to have gained momentum, with security forces claiming to have killed dozens of hard boyz and destroyed their hideouts in the past week.
Security officials claim that up to 92 per cent of Orakzai agency has been cleared of hard boyz in the ongoing military offensive in the restive tribal region.
Orakzai is one of Pakistain's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pak Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked hard boyz are said to have carved out strongholds.
The area was the original base of Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he moved to South Wazoo to take up the Taliban leadership after the death of his predecessor, Baituallah Mehsud.
Unlike the six other tribal agencies, however, Orakzai does not border Afghanistan. The rugged mountainous territory provides a crucial link for hard boyz operating in other tribal regions, as it borders the regions of Khyber and Kurram on the Afghan frontier. It also borders Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province and Pakistain's main northwestern city, as well as the garrison town of Kohat.
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