Saturday, 20 June 2009

Noticias do Paquistao

'Dozens dead' in Pakistan clashes

At least 44 people have died in a series of clashes between government forces and Taliban militants in north-west Pakistan, the military says.
Those killed include 38 militants and six soldiers across North West Frontier Province, officials said.
The worst violence was in South Waziristan, where the army said it was clearing the way for military convoys ahead a full-scale offensive.
The area is the stronghold of the Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud.
The reports from the army are hard to verify because the region is inaccessible to the media.
In South Waziristan, 32 militants were killed as the army used helicopter gunships and artillery fire to clear a key route for military convoys, an army statement said.
See a map of the region
The military has said it wants to destroy Baitullah Mehsud's organisation and eliminate him.
On Friday, Pakistani war planes bombarded targets in the area as the military prepared its campaign.
Offensive 'ending'


Our correspondent says the Waziristan operation is expected to be the toughest yet for the Pakistani army, but many of its resources are tied up in the Swat valley.
There, a convoy was ambushed while on its way back to base, a military spokesman said.

In pictures: Pakistan's displaced
The militants were able to get away, while several soldiers were killed and injured, he said.
The attack comes a day after Pakistan's defence minister said that Swat operation was nearly over, and that people displaced by the fighting could begin returning home.
On Saturday, Maj Gen Sajjad Ghani was quoted as saying that there were only "pockets of resistance" left in Swat.
The militants also conducted a deadly raid on another convoy in the neighbouring Bajaur tribal region.
According to security officials, the dead included a Pakistan army officer, while there were no reported casualties on the side of the militants.
The army says it has killed almost 1,500 militants in and around the Swat valley since April. About two million people have been displaced.
The fighting in the Swat valley began two months ago when Pakistani Taliban forces expanded their operations into districts only 60 miles from the capital, reneging on an earlier peace deal.
The continued attacks in the region have led to fears that the military could be spreading itself too thin, our correspondent says.

Paquistão lança ofensiva para recuperar estrada no Waziristão do Sul

O Exército do Paquistão lançou uma ofensiva para recuperar o controle de uma importante estrada da região tribal do Waziristão do Sul, antes de começar uma operação em grande escala contra o líder talibã paquistanês, Baitullah Mehsud, informou neste sábado à Agência Efe uma fonte militar.
"Tropas de infantaria começaram ontem a atacar posições dos fundamentalistas para desbloquear a estrada", explicou o porta-voz do Exército Basir Haider.
Haider, que não forneceu detalhes da operação, reiterou que a ofensiva do Exército contra Mehsud e a rede de insurgentes que lidera ainda não começou.
No entanto, a imprensa paquistanesa informou que as forças de segurança já mobilizaram carros de combate e desdobraram tropas em vários pontos do distrito, fronteiriço com o Afeganistão e considerado base terrorista em território paquistanês.
Segundo a emissora de TV "Dawn", que não identificou suas fontes, pelo menos 40 fundamentalistas morreram nas últimas 24 horas em bombardeios de aviões e helicópteros militares contra refúgios dos insurgentes no distrito.
O Governo ordenou no domingo passado que o Exército lançasse uma grande operação contra Mehsud, que lidera um movimento que reúne os diferentes grupos talibãs paquistaneses e que reivindicou a autoria da maioria dos atentados recentes no Paquistão.

In pictures: Aid for Pakistan's displaced

As fighting continues in the Swat Valley and Lower Dir region continues, many thousands of people have joined the 2.5 million who have already fled their homes, often with the bare minimum of belongings.

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