January 12, 2009

ANOTHER AREA OF EVENTUAL US-IRANIAN CO-OPERATION:

Fresh sectarian clashes in northwest Pak (Times of India, 12 Jan 2009)

Fresh clashes broke out between rival Shia and Sunni groups in northwest Pakistan as a truce brokered by tribal elders collapsed due to new attacks by Taliban fighters, with the toll reaching 47 in four days.

Taliban cadres from the nearby Aurakzai Agency, who are backing the Sunni tribesmen, refused to accept the terms of a ceasefire brokered yesterday by a peace committee in Hangu district comprising local officials and tribal elders.

The Taliban then launched attacks, targeting positions of Shia tribesmen with mortars and rockets, and the fresh fighting claimed seven more lives. Forty people died earlier in the clashes that began on Friday. More than 60 people have also been injured.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2009 8:44 AM
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