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Waziristan War(2004- Present): In the rugged and remote region of Waziristan on Pakistan's northwest border with Afghanistan, Islamic rebels allied to the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaida are fighting to establish an Islamic Republic.

The fighting began in 2004, when Pakistan's army entered the region inhabited by the Waziri tribe in search al-Qaida and Taliban fighters who were using Waziristan as a base for attacks against American and Allied forces in Afghanistan.

Since the fighting began, Pakistani forces suffer almost daily casualties due to roadside bombs and ambushes. The authority of the central government is almost nonexistent in the rebellious tribal borderlands.

The United States aids the Pakistani forces with intelligence information and with tactical air strikes on suspected rebel bases and safe houses. The best known U.S. airstrike occurred at the village of Damadola, on January 13, 2006. The attack occurred in the Bajaur tribal area, about 4.5 miles) from the Afghan border. This Predator-drone attack killed at least 18 people, including several non-Waziri foreign al-Qaida fighters.

In July, 2007, following nearly ten months of an uneasy peace, the Islamic militants of Waziristan once again began fighting the Pakistani government in response to the siege and army assault on the Red Mosque in Islamabad. The Red Mosque had been held by Islamic militants and the Pakistani Army ousted the militants in a bloody battle.

The U.S. had been quietly critical of Musharaff's government for letting the militants in the Waziristan border region regroup during the ten-month truce. After the border region violence renewed, Washington offered assistance to Pakistan in terms of arms and other aid. Rumors of possible American intervention against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Waziristan sparked a rebuke from the Pakistani government that any such cross-border action would be opposed.

 Thousands flee Pakistan valley as truce crumbles--Associated Press, May 5, 2009

Reports: Pak Army strikes in Waziristan--July 25, 2007

US points out 9 terror camps in Waziristan--July 25, 2007

60 dead in Pakistan border fighting  --April 4, 2007


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Pakistan's undeclared war--By Zaffar Abbas, BBC correspondent in Islamabad

The Taliban's bloody foothold in Pakistan--Feb. 8, 2006--By Syed Saleem Shahzad of Asia Times Online

Waziristan War--Wikipedia article

Waziristan-The Past Overview of Pakistan's (and by extension the world's) newest trouble spot.--detailed look at Waziristan's people, geography and history as related to the current conflict.

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Troops, Militants Battle in Pakistan Tribal Region, at Least 36 Killed--Oct. 7, 2007

PREDECESSOR: (Related conflicts and events that occurred before)

Waziristan Revolt (1894-1895)

Waziristan Revolt (1901-1902)

Mahsud Revolt (1919-1920)

Waziristan Revolt (1919-1920)

Waziristan Revolt (1921-1924)

Waziristan Revolt (1925)

Afghan Civil War (1978-2001)

Bombing of the World Trade Center (1993)

The Second Persian Gulf War (1991-1992)

Bombing of the USS Cole (Oct. 12, 2000)

9/11 Terror Attacks (Sept. 11, 2001)

CONCURRENT: (Related conflicts occurring at the same time)

U.S.-led Invasion of Afghanistan/Taliban War (2001-Present)

Abu Sayyef Uprising in the Philippines

Iraq War (2003-Present)

Baluchistan War (2004-Present)


SUCCESSOR: (Related conflicts that occur later)

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