Taliban gear up for attacks across Pakistan | The Daily Star
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Taliban gear up for attacks across Pakistan

Pak troops kill 15 militants in crackdown

The Taliban in Pakistan are gearing up for attacks across the country in the wake of an army operation against militants in the North West Frontier Province that has resulted in the killing of 15 rebels.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud held a meeting at an undisclosed location in the North Waziristan tribal region a few days ago to discuss ways to "occupy territories" in the NWFP and carry out terrorist activities across Pakistan.
Eight militant commanders were delegated the responsibility of carrying out attacks. A group led by commander Awal Khan was set up to generate funds for the militants. Another two groups were formed under commander Mullah Mansoor, the Daily Times newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Pakistan Army launched an operation against the Taliban in Hangu district of NWFP last week after militants killed 15 paramilitary personnel in an ambush.
Fifteen militants have been killed since the crackdown began.
Maulana Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in the Swat valley of NWFP and a deputy of Baitullah Mehsud, also held a meeting on Saturday with 50 militant commanders in Matta sub-district and discussed a "war strategy" to confront the government, media reports said.
Baitullah Mehsud warned the NWFP government on Thursday to resign within five days or face the consequences. The provincial government dismissed his threat, saying it had been given a mandate by the people to serve a five-year term.

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