29 Taliban, 25 soldiers killed in Afghan border clash

Published: September 19, 2012
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Soldiers used artillery, helicopter gunships and fighter jets against the insurgents. PHOTO: REUTERS

Soldiers used artillery, helicopter gunships and fighter jets against the insurgents. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani military said it killed 29 Taliban fighters on Wednesday in the final stage of an operation aimed at forcing hundreds of insurgents back across the border into Afghanistan.

Soldiers used artillery, helicopter gunships and fighter jets against the insurgents, accused of beheading 17 Pakistani soldiers in June.

The battle was the culmination of weeks of operations in the remote valleys of the Batwar area of Bajaur tribal agency near the border. It highlighted once again the difficulty of preventing insurgents from crossing the border to launch attacks or flee from Pakistani or Nato forces bolstering the Afghan government.

Around 400 militants had crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan on August 23 and attacked villages, said a senior security official based in Khar, the main town of Bajaur. The army launched operations that killed around 120 militants, another security official said from the border town of Peshawar.

Twenty-five soldiers also died in the fighting. “The militants escaped to their sanctuaries in Afghanistan and even left the bodies of their slain fighters,” said the Peshawar-based official.

He said the armed forces were now establishing posts along that section of the Afghan border to thwart future incursions. A spokesman for the militants confirmed the attacks were staged by fighters from several regions. Pakistan and the United States, which has by far the largest foreign contingent in Afghanistan, have accused each other of failing to secure the border.

Some US officials say Pakistan deliberately lets some insurgents through, a suggestion Pakistan strongly rejects. Joint efforts to secure the long and mountainous border were hampered by a Nato strike against a Pakistani base last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and severely damaged relations between Pakistan and the United States for several months.

A bomb in Peshawar killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 30 on Wednesday, police said. The bomb seemed to be targeting a van carrying officials from the Pakistan Air Force, said local police official, Imtiaz Ahmad.

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  • Nadir
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:20PM

    25 soldiers dead, no one cares, if US had killed them, we would have mass protests. Well lets keep on giving peace a chance because poor innocent Taliban will just drop their weapons when the US leaves right?

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  • san
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Pakistan army need to test their nuclear capable missiles near afghan border. Recommend

  • Chopper
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Headline is misleading, 120 terrorists killed and 25 soldiers martyred over the weeks of operations but the headline makes it look like their was a fresh clash which left 25 soldiers dead.

    Anyways, I’ve never heard of such a huge number of militants infiltrating Afghanistan from Pakistan but this type of incursions are frequent from Afghan side, really makes it clear there is at least some sort of support from Afghan government and NATO.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Casualities are very high on the military side but hope it has emerged victorious as claimed by the military and no soldier has been taken hostage by the TTP.

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  • Anjaan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:44PM

    @ San,

    You Pakistanis think your nukes are solution to all your problems …. now you think you can use it against the anti-Pakistan terrorists in Afghan borders …. ! Have you considered the possibility of these people getting nukes from other nations and use it against Pakistan in retaliation … ?

    Nukes are not toys ….. do you get it …. ?Recommend

  • Think
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:46PM

    long live Pak ArmyRecommend

  • Chopper
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @Nadir, typical silly comparison by desi “liberals”. Yes, 25 soldiers killed and we do care that’s why we responded by killing 120 terrorists…..something we didn’t do when US killed our soldiers.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:07PM

    There is no threat from the Eastern front therefore extra troops should necessarily be shifted to Western border to secure decisive victory against TTP which is of paramount importance for raising morale of the security forces and safety of people of Pakistan.

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  • Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @Chopper:
    hope you do know meaning of word liberal.
    This cycle will never end unless you dismantle their hub and take over the space they rule with freedom. .. unless you start doing that this mess will not be sorted.Recommend

  • maria
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Anjaan is very true about his opinion because he knows very well that TTP is trained and paid by India, USA and Isreal. If India can provide ordinary weapons to TTP then she(India) can even provide them with atom bomb because her basic aim is to destablize Pakistan. I read wonderful words written outside a graveyard….Kal jahan hum thay ajjj wahan tum ho ….Aj jahan hum hain kal wahan tum ho gay…””” So india should not forget that by being played in the hands of their foreign masters to destablize Pakistan, they would be safe….They should wait for their turn TOMORROW…. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Article indicates that Pakistan soldiers were supported by artillery, attack helicopters, and jets — if so why are the Pakistan casualty rates about the same as the Taliban who typically are armed with AK”s and RPG’s? Perhaps the Pakistan army should consider negotiating a deal with the USA where you can call in their rapid air support?

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  • Jat
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:48PM

    I have a feeling the Pakistani Army casualties are much higher. Just wait for more details to filter out.

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  • Naseer
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Do we still have AIR FORCE? Modern day fights are not fought the old fashioned way. If we successfully kill all the intruders, they will not dare to cross the border again.

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  • Vigilant
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:08PM

    May the souls of martyr soldiers rest in jannah………….Congratulation to PAK Army for their successful operation
    I think chemical weapons should be tried against flee TTP animals because it’s mountainous region with little or no populationRecommend

  • Sep 19, 2012 - 8:17PM

    First and foremost, our condolences go out to the friends and families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in this cross border incursion. Our nations continue to pay the highest price in fighting terrorism. We’ve already lost thousands of brave soldiers in fighting these terrorists on both sides of the border. It only makes sense for us to work together and negate the threat posed by these terrorists. We restate what Richard Hoagland, the charge d ’affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, said recently: “In this dangerous world where terrorists can strike at any moment, we must all work together – Pakistanis and Americans alike – because we have a strong mutual interest in defeating terrorism.”

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  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:22PM

    @maria. Rubbish – if the USA is supporting the TTP then explain the ET article which discusses one of their leaders being taken out by drone attack. Is that another USA conspiracy? Conspiracy theorist have one thing in common – they got extraordinary lengths to avoid the obvious.

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  • Salman
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:47PM

    What a rubbish peace of editing and journalism. Misleading heading and data. No wonder E.T reputation has seriously gone down over the last few months or so.

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  • IceSoul
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:11PM

    @Chopper: You don’t see “that many soldiers crossing over into Afghanistan” because the war is in Afghanistan and spilling over into Pakistan, not the other way around.

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  • anwar
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Go after them in Afghanistan. No point waiting.. here

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  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:28PM

    @ US Centcom….Thanks…Hope a better coordination can wipe out this danger for ever.

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  • Bala
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:42PM

    @anwar:

    I dare the pak army to go into Afghanistan. Pak army is only good at economic activities (of course with the field tilted towards it)

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:44PM

    @Naseer:
    Drones are more effective than Air-force jets. Pakistan lost the opportunity of US drones attacks against TTP by its refusal to launch operations in NW. US and NATO forces shall be leaving this region in 2014 and in all probabilities Pakistan would be facing both Talebans together who have pledged to enforce sharia in Pakistan by force. Best of luck.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:47AM

    Pak Army, Please don’t kill all. Leave few to welcome Imran Khan.

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  • sabi
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:08AM

    Seven thousands soldiers killed in this war and crimminals are still there, something is clearly hidden from the nation.Is army really fighting with taliban or is playing game with the nation.Who will answer the loss of our soldiers.Will we see the court marshall of some of the generals for bluff games.90 billions Rs go to the army every month and performance??:

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  • Basit
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:17AM

    @Cautious:
    US rapid air support does not come for free, both in terms of civilian casualties, actual dollar cost and most importantly, the strings attached and backdoor deals that would remove any last shred of honour for Pakistan.

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  • Danish
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:24AM

    25 soldier are killed now where is so called Difa-e-Pakistan counsel and all those uncountable number of religious parties. Or they should be called Difa-e-Taliban.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:45AM

    @Basit:
    Please tell us why your “honour” makes you too proud to ask the US for air support, but allows you to bury many Pakistani Soldiers who might have otherwise been saved from death?Recommend

  • Saif Khan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 9:58AM

    I don’t how the Pakistani army is killed in that number by these Talibans who don’t even have that much budget as Pakistani Army is having. I think 80% of the total budget of Pakistan in spent on the army and we still cannot defeat these Talibans???

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  • peace for all
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:57PM

    @Saif Khan:
    Since arrival of in Afghanistan Us is using their hightec weapons against Talban alongwith NATO. But apprenetly it seems they are failed and earliest announce to vacate the same territory due to avoid huge defeat. Taliban have no Tnaks of Artarly force, No fighter jet of Air force even they have no latest weapons but they are fighting against enemies and achieve their goal. Consequently US and NATO forces shall be leaving this region in 2014

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