Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NATO captures TTP leaders in Pakistan

This file photo shows supporters of the hardline Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan shouting anti-US slogans in Quetta, Pakistan

Source: Press TV

US-led NATO forces have captured five Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders in Pakistan and taken them to Afghanistan without informing Pakistani officials.

NATO troops conducted the attack in the Gorvaid region of North Waziristan, Pakistani intelligence sources said.

The militants were reportedly taken away to Afghanistan by two NATO helicopters, AFP reported.

If confirmed, this would be the second time in less than a month that foreign troops have conducted operations inside Pakistan without informing its government.

On May 2 (May 1 Washington time), US forces conducted an attack in the northwestern city of Abbottabad in which al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was allegedly killed. Islamabad condemned the attack as a violation of its sovereignty.

Afterwards, US President Barack Obama said he would order another military operation inside Pakistan if another al-Qaeda or Taliban leader was found there.

Relations between Washington and Islamabad became tense after the attack on Abbottabad.

The Pakistani government said the attack was conducted without its prior knowledge or authorization.

At the time, some US officials said Pakistan had been aware of bin Laden's whereabouts for years.

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