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Encyclopedia > Waziristan War
Waziristan War
Part of the War on Terrorism

Pakistani soldiers patrol Wana, the main town of South Waziristan.
Date: March 2004- (conflict still ongoing)
Location: Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
Result: Conflict ongoing
Combatants

Pakistan, USA
Waziristan tribesmen,
al-Qaeda members
Commanders
Pervez Musharraf Ayman al-Zawahiri (probable)
Strength
15,000? 8000-20,000?
Casualties
500 Pakistanis, 50 Americans 2000 confirmed

The Waziristan War (2004-present) is an ongoing armed conflict that began in 2004 when the Pakistani Army began its search for al-Qaeda members in Pakistan's mountainous Waziristan area (or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Clashes erupted between the Pakistani troops who are frequently assisted by US precision strikes, and al-Qaeda militants joined by local armed rebels. The struggle there is seen as a part of the US-led War on Terrorism. The War on Terrorism or War on Terror (officially the Global War on Terrorism or GWOT[1]) is a campaign by the United States, NATO, and other allies with the stated goal of ending international terrorism by stopping those groups identified as terrorist groups, and ending state sponsorship of terrorism. ... Image File history File links R1170292410_web. ... Wana is a town/village in South Waziristan Agency in Pakistans FATA Province. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag of Waziristan Waziristan (Urdu: وزیرستان) is a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering some 11 585 km² (4,473 mi²). It comprises the area west and southwest of Peshawar between the Tochi River to the north and the Gomal River to the south, forming part of Pakistan... Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are areas of Pakistan outside any of the four provinces, comprising a region of some 27,220 km² (10,507 mi²). Neighbouring regions are: Afghanistan to the west with the border marked by the Durand Line, the North-West Frontier to the north, the Punjab... Image File history File links Flag_of_Pakistan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة, the foundation or the base) is the name given to a worldwide network of militant Islamist organizations under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ... Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: ; born August 11, 1943 in Delhi, British India) is the current Military ruler of Pakistan. ... Ayman al-Zawahiri Ayman al-Zawahiri (Arabic: ‎) (born June 19, 1951)(died June 7, 2006) [1] - is a prominent member of the al-Qaeda group, a physician, author, poet, and formerly the head of the militant organization Egyptian Islamic Jihad. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pakistan Army Coat of Arms Pakistan Army is the branch of the Pakistan Military responsible for land based military operations. ... Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة, the foundation or the base) is the name given to a worldwide network of militant Islamist organizations under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ... Flag of Waziristan Waziristan (Urdu: وزیرستان) is a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering some 11 585 km² (4,473 mi²). It comprises the area west and southwest of Peshawar between the Tochi River to the north and the Gomal River to the south, forming part of Pakistan... Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are areas of Pakistan outside any of the four provinces, comprising a region of some 27,220 km² (10,507 mi²). Neighbouring regions are: Afghanistan to the west with the border marked by the Durand Line, the North-West Frontier to the north, the Punjab... The War on Terrorism or War on Terror (officially the Global War on Terrorism or GWOT[1]) is a campaign by the United States, NATO, and other allies with the stated goal of ending international terrorism by stopping those groups identified as terrorist groups, and ending state sponsorship of terrorism. ...

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Timeline

In July 2002, Pakistani troops entered the Tirah Valley in Khyber tribal agency, for the first time in 55 years. They preceded to move into the Shawal valley of North Waziristan, and later South Waziristan. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Do you mean: The Khyber Pass, which links Pakistan to Afghanistan Carry On Up the Khyber, the 1966 Carry On film about the British on the Northwest Frontier ...


This was made possible after long negotiations with various tribes, who reluctantly agreed to allow the military's presence on the assurance that it would bring in funds and development work.


But once the military action started in South Waziristan a number of Waziri sub-tribes took it as an attempt to subjugate them.


Attempts to persuade them into handing over the foreign militants failed, and with an apparently mishandling by the authorities, the security campaign against suspected al-Qaeda militants turned into an undeclared war in 2004 between the Pakistani military and the rebel tribesmen. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In March 2004, heavy fighting broke out at Azam Warsak, near the South Waziristan town of Wana, between Pakistani troops and an estimated 400 militants holed up in several fortified settlements. It was speculated that bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri was among those trapped by the Pakistani Army. Wana is a town/village in South Waziristan Agency in Pakistans FATA Province. ... Ayman al-Zawahiri Ayman al-Zawahiri (Arabic: ‎) (born June 19, 1951)(died June 7, 2006) [1] - is a prominent member of the al-Qaeda group, a physician, author, poet, and formerly the head of the militant organization Egyptian Islamic Jihad. ...


The latest turn of U.S. involvement was an U.S. airstrike on the village of Damadola, on January 13, 2006. The attack occurred in the Bajaur tribal area, about 7 km (4.5 miles) from the Afghan border, and killed at least 18 people. The attack targeted Ayman al-Zawahiri, but he was most probably not there. DNA evidence showed that at least five high-ranking Al Qaeda foreigners were killed, including Midhat Mirsi, a bomb building expert, for whom a $5 million award was offered. On January 13, 2006 U.S. aircraft fired missiles into the Pakistani village of Damadola in the Bajaur tribal area, about 7 km (4. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ayman al-Zawahiri Ayman al-Zawahiri (Arabic: ‎) (born June 19, 1951)(died June 7, 2006) [1] - is a prominent member of the al-Qaeda group, a physician, author, poet, and formerly the head of the militant organization Egyptian Islamic Jihad. ...


On March 4 Pakistani forces started a massive assault on pro-Taliban elements in the region. Pakistani officials said 46 militants and five soldiers died after fighting erupted, although some reports put the death toll at over 70. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ...


The Leader

Haji Omar is the Amir (leader) of the Pakistani Taliban that have risen over the last year to take control of large parts of Waziristan. Haji Omar (Urdu: حاجی عمر ) is the amir (leader) of an Islamic political organization. ...


His writ runs virtually unchallenged in South Waziristan and he seems confident that his commanders will soon establish Taliban control in North Waziristan as well.

See also

The War on Terrorism or War on Terror (officially the Global War on Terrorism or GWOT[1]) is a campaign by the United States, NATO, and other allies with the stated goal of ending international terrorism by stopping those groups identified as terrorist groups, and ending state sponsorship of terrorism. ... The Taliban insurgency started shortly after their fall from power after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. ...

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