Battle for Tirah: 13 soldiers die in clashes with militants

By AFP
Published: April 9, 2013
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The official said more than 100 militants had also been killed, but the death toll was not possible.

The official said more than 100 militants had also been killed, but the death toll was not possible.

PESHAWAR: Heavy fighting between troops and militants has killed 13 soldiers and scores of enemy fighters at a flashpoint near the Afghan border, military officials said Tuesday.

The clashes signalled a fresh military push in the Tirah valley of Khyber district, where the military has been targeting Taliban and militia Lashkar-e-Islam who threaten the nearby northwestern city of Peshawar.

Khyber straddles the NATO supply line into Afghanistan, used by US-led troops to evacuate military equipment ahead of their 2014 withdrawal, and officials say it is key to protecting security in Peshawar for elections next month.

“Thirteen soldiers have died over the past three days in different parts of Tirah valley. Ground forces have intensified operations against TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban) and Lashkar-e-Islam,” a military official told AFP.

The official said more than 100 militants had also been killed, but the death toll was not possible to verify independently as the area is cut off to journalists and aid workers.

He said the town of Tut Sar had been “captured” back from militants and that soldiers had now erected a post in the area.

“Helicopters and jets participated in the operation. They are shelling militant hideouts in the valley,” the official said.

A second military official confirmed the same details.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Naseer
    Apr 9, 2013 - 2:56AM

    Call the DRONES and test the collation partners now.

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  • Zohaib
    Apr 9, 2013 - 3:24AM

    Too many deaths ! Our soldiers need proper gear ! :(

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  • Bhatti
    Apr 9, 2013 - 3:28AM

    RIP 13 Martyrs! kick these terrorists out from our country!

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  • Nadir
    Apr 9, 2013 - 3:52AM

    13 soldiers over last three days, yesterday it was reported that 21 soldiers had died in one day?

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  • Rab nawaz
    Apr 9, 2013 - 4:08AM

    Lets do it Soldiers…nation stands with you

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  • Green Tiger
    Apr 9, 2013 - 4:18AM

    I don’t understand this. If there only a few hundred fighters with Taliban, how do Taliban fighters always die in hundreds everytime.

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  • Wellwisher
    Apr 9, 2013 - 4:21AM

    @Zohaib:
    Yes Army budget must be increased to buy modern equipment not to fight but to save their lives.

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  • Mustafa alvi
    Apr 9, 2013 - 5:11AM

    @Zohaib:
    It is extremely sad that our soldiers are loosing their lives! But 100:13 ratio is pretty good but yes it can still be improved. And the soldiers do have proper gear and the ratio proves it!

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  • Sigh.
    Apr 9, 2013 - 5:52AM

    RIP those brave soldiers. Karma is the thing which is coming back to Pakistani forces now.

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  • Shakil
    Apr 9, 2013 - 6:05AM

    It looks like the Taliban will soon directly rule peshawar. They already control the surrounding areas.

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  • neil
    Apr 9, 2013 - 7:36AM

    13?? It was reported over 30 in other news outlets – here is the link from the Washington Post :

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asiapacific/pakistani-military-officials-30-soldiers-nearly-100-militants-killed-in-northwest-valley/2013/04/08/dfbbf490-a069-11e2-bd52-614156372695story.html.

    Musharaff refused the dead bodies of the brave pakistani soldiers who died in Kargil and now pakistani news outlets are under reporting the number of soldiers that have died…WOW ..what a country ..pakistan zindabad…..

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  • Moosa Khan
    Apr 9, 2013 - 8:07AM

    @Green Tiger: Happy wake up time.
    So all the military in the world, drones, and 10 years, couldn’t eradicate them? They are in thousands, probably more than half of the Afghans.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Apr 9, 2013 - 8:25AM

    RIP brothers. Your courage against vile creature of the universe will always be remembered. More power to Pak army to get rid of barbarians. The world in general, Pakistan specifically, is better off without them.

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  • adeel
    Apr 9, 2013 - 1:21PM

    i request plz call the soldiers martyrs in the headline. express tribune online version wants to appeal to international crowd bt it is pakistan affliated and respect for our armed forces anf islamic principles should be held. these soldiers are fighting for the citizens of pakistan and deserve all the respect.

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  • Enlightened
    Apr 9, 2013 - 2:20PM

    @neil:
    Agree with your comments. The thumb rule for coming to correct figure of casualties suffered as reported by the official spokes-person -for security personnel multiply by 3 and those of militants- divide by 5.

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  • t
    Apr 9, 2013 - 3:26PM

    military cant hide its casualities. Mostly death figures given officially are correct

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  • Wellwisher
    Apr 11, 2013 - 10:45AM

    @t:
    Don’t you remember Kargil? Soldiers names and numbers were revealed & honored only after 8 years.

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