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Pakistani army official wounded in chopper attackupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 07:57:00

The commanding officer in the Swat Valley of northwest Pakistan was wounded Wednesday in a helicopter attack, a Pakistani military spokesman said.

Taliban video shows execution of Pakistani menupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 04:53:00

Graphic video footage released Monday by the Taliban shows the execution of at least 16 men believed to be Pakistani police officers -- a new escalation in the fight for control of a pivotal country in the global war over Islamic extremism.

On camera: Taliban executionupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 04:53:00

Video released by the Taliban shows men believed to be Pakistani police officers fatally shot. CNN's Reza Sayeh reports.

Rebuilding Pakistan after the floodsupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 03:50:00

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports from the Swat Valley in Pakistan where the big focus right now is on rebuilding.

Taliban resurgence fearedupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 10:21:00

Some fear the Taliban will make a comeback in Pakistan's Swat Valley. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

View aid drop in flood-ravaged Pakistanupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 08:18:00

CNN's Dan Rivers goes along for a U.S. aid drop in flood-ravaged Pakistan.

Flood's estimated toll in Pakistan: 1,500 dead, 4 million affectedupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 12:35:00

Floodwaters subsided Thursday in northern Pakistan's Swat Valley, where a fierce sun baked a thick carpet of mud into a brittle crust, as officials expanded their estimate of the number of people affected.

Millions affected by Pakistan floodsupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 12:35:00

Bridges and roads across Pakistan have been severely damaged by flooding. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Temporary bridges help flooded Pakistanupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 10:57:00

With dozens of bridges washed away in Pakistan, temporary bridges are being utilized. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

More rain, gushing flood waters threaten Pakistanisupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 13:12:00

Intense rain and gushing flood waters threatened Wednesday to cause more misery in monsoon-bloated Pakistan, where 3 million people are already suffering.

Floods bring misery to Pakistanupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 13:12:00

Pakistan defends its response to the deadly flooding that has ravaged parts of the country.

Pakistani flood death toll hits 1,500updated: Wed Aug 04 2010 07:44:00

The prime minister of Pakistan planned an emergency meeting Wednesday, as flooding continues to wreak havoc on the country.

Village affected by floodingupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 13:49:00

Pakistan is reeling from the worst flooding ever to hit the nation. CNN's Reza Sayah reports on the damage in one small town, Charsadda.

Pakistan blast leaves 5 dead, dozens injuredupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 05:18:00

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing five people and injuring more than 40, a local government official said.

Can the return of justice halt the Taliban?updated: Sat Nov 14 2009 12:40:00

Nasir Rehman has been waiting 25 long years to resolve a land dispute case. In that time, he's lost his mother, father and two children. He sold his house and a chunk of his land to pay for the dragging litigation.

41 dead in Pakistan Swat Valley blastupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 13:46:00

At least 41 people were killed and dozens wounded in a blast Monday at a security forces checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, authorities said.

Commentary: U.S.-Pakistan goals coming into alignmentupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 07:47:00

It hasn't been too often in the past couple of years that you could write about good news from Pakistan. But if there is a silver lining to the atrocities that have plagued the country in the past several years, it is the fact that the Pakistani public, government and military are increasingly seeing the jihadist militants on their territory in a hostile light.

Pakistan arrests top Taliban commanderupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 11:09:00

Pakistan has arrested a key militant commander suspected of launching suicide attacks in the country's northwest, Pakistan's army announced Monday.

Militant commander dies in custody in Pakistanupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 06:59:00

A notorious Pakistani Taliban commander with a reputation for beheading opponents has died in custody, a Pakistani military official said.

Pakistani Taliban's new enemyupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 03:39:00

An exclusive look at one of Pakistan's lashkars, volunteer tribesmen taking on the Taliban. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Pakistan: Taliban spokesman, leader arrestedupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 03:39:00

A Taliban spokesman and leader were arrested in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley, a military official said.

Volunteer militias push back Talibanupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 12:49:00

Sixteen-year-old Akbar Zaid dreams of becoming a teacher. But for now, his summer job involves holding an automatic rifle and hunting down Taliban fighters.

Pakistan: Militants suffer heavy casualties as fighting ragesupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 13:17:00

Fighting raged Tuesday between security forces and militants in northwestern Pakistan, leaving 43 militants dead and two commanders captured, authorities said.

Newsquiz: Week of August 24updated: Thu Aug 27 2009 20:55:00

Where in the world? -- You've heard many different places mentioned this week on CNN Student News. Show you know your news by identifying the location described in each clue. Write your answers in the space provided.

In need of an educationupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 10:13:00

The Taliban once forbade young women from attending schools in the Swat Valley, now a reversal. CNN's Cal Perry reports.

Girls victimized by Taliban find safe haven to learnupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 10:13:00

In Pakistan's combustible Swat Valley, some girls refuse to wear uniforms so they can make it to school without being harmed.

Despair, devastation in war-ravaged Swat Valleyupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 22:32:00

Gen. Nadeem Ahmad swirls the helicopter over Pakistan's ground zero. Below is the Swat Valley of North West Frontier Province.

Pakistan's ground zeroupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 22:32:00

CNN's Stan Grant takes a closer look at Pakistan's ground zero.

Pakistan seizes key pro-Taliban clericupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 11:14:00

A pro-Taliban cleric who helped negotiate a short-lived cease-fire between the militant organization and the Pakistani government was arrested Sunday in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

A family's return homeupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 20:25:00

CNN's Stan Grant follows a displaced Pakistani family as they begin their much anticipated return home to Buner.

Government program sending uprooted Pakistanis back homeupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 20:25:00

A trickle of Pakistanis who fled their homes during the fighting in the country's volatile northwestern region have begun returning under a government operation, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Invisible refugee crisisupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 03:18:00

Two and half million people are displaced, but as CNN's Nic Robertson reports, many are largly invisible.

Analysis: The changing fight in Pakistanupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 07:00:00

Every time I come to Pakistan these days I see more security.

2 prisoners linked to Taliban killed in ambushupdated: Sat Jun 06 2009 02:46:00

Two key figures connected to the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley were killed Saturday during a military convoy ambush, officials said.

Suspected suicide blast kills 40 at Pakistani mosqueupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 13:20:00

A suspected suicide attacker detonated his explosives at a mosque in northwestern Pakistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people and wounding dozens of others, a local police official said.

Men with links to Taliban arrestedupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 05:21:00

Several key figures connected to the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley have been arrested, Pakistani authorities said.

Peshawar frozen with fearupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 05:21:00

As the Pakistan army fights the Taliban in Swat, Taliban militants erode freedom in Peshawar. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

New bin Laden tapeupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 03:24:00

New bin Laden tape reportedly slams Obama's Mideast policy during visit.

Pakistanis tired of warupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 09:03:00

Residents of Pakistan's strife-torn Swat region hope the conflict will end soon. Reza Sayah reports

Pakistani troops rescue students from Talibanupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 09:03:00

The Pakistani army rescued a group of 80 students and school staff Tuesday, a day after Taliban fighters abducted the group, military representatives said.

iReport for CNN: 5.30, pt 1updated: Mon Jun 01 2009 22:07:00

An iReporter gives us an inside look at a Swat Valley tent city in Pakistan where some Pakistanis are seeking refuge.

Pakistan: Alleged terrorist detainedupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 22:07:00

One of the three suspects detained Friday in Islamabad has been identified as Fida Ullah, a terrorist who recruited suicide bombers here, police said in a news release.

Tour of Swat Valleyupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 21:13:00

The Pakistani military gives journalists a tour of the battlefront in Swat Valley. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Pakistan secures key Swat Valley cityupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 21:13:00

The Pakistani military says security forces have taken back the city of Mingora from the Taliban, calling it a significant victory in its offensive against the Taliban.

Pakistan tightens security after terror attacksupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 21:10:00

Pakistani authorities increased security throughout the capital Friday after this week's deadly bombings in Lahore and Peshawar and a threat by the Taliban to carry out further attacks.

Red Cross 'gravely concerned' about conditions in Swat Valleyupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 16:00:00

No running water, no electricity, no fuel and little food.

Army claims Mingora as victoryupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 16:00:00

The Pakistan army is now claiming Mingora in the Swat Valley as a significant victory. ITN's Lindsey Hilsum reports.

Militants battle Pakistani troops in Waziristanupdated: Sun May 31 2009 21:30:00

Twenty-five militants and six soldiers were killed Saturday night in two separate clashes between security forces and insurgents in Pakistan's tribal region, officials said.

Pakistan army spokesman fights media warupdated: Fri May 29 2009 04:03:00

The office of Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas has a bank of six flat-screen televisions covering most of one wall, showing all the main international English-language news channels, and several local ones besides.

Pakistan: Taliban near defeat in major cityupdated: Wed May 27 2009 09:45:00

The Pakistani military said Wednesday it hopes to clear Taliban militants from Mingora, a major Swat Valley city, in the next two to three days.

Pakistan military confronts Taliban in key Swat cityupdated: Sat May 23 2009 11:22:00

Security forces in Pakistan have started the "most important phase" of their push against the Taliban -- clearing militants from the largest city in the troubled Swat Valley region.

Pakistan military gives journalists tour of battle frontupdated: Fri May 22 2009 15:56:00

The Pakistani military claimed Friday to have broken the backs of Taliban militants in the Swat region.

Zakaria: Pakistan's crackdown will create chaosupdated: Tue May 19 2009 13:52:00

A Taliban spokesman issued threats and ultimatums against Pakistani officials this week, as the country's military continued its offensive against the militant group in the Swat Valley.

Pakistan seeks national support against Talibanupdated: Mon May 18 2009 12:49:00

The Pakistani government convened a meeting on Monday of nearly all of the country's political parties, in an effort to consolidate broad national support for its military operation to crush Taliban militants in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley.

Pakistan army pounds Talibanupdated: Sat May 16 2009 13:45:00

The Pakistan army presses ahead with its offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley. ITN's Julian Manyon reports.

Pakistan claims dozens of militants killedupdated: Sat May 16 2009 13:45:00

Violence echoed across a volatile Pakistani province and an adjacent tribal region on Saturday, with dozens reported killed in the latest military push, a drone strike, and a car bombing targeting a school bus.

Pakistanis get brief window to flee fightingupdated: Fri May 15 2009 12:01:00

Pakistani civilians were given a brief window on Friday to flee the ongoing fighting between government forces and Taliban militants in the country's north, according to military officials.

Humanitarian crisis in Pakistanupdated: Fri May 15 2009 12:01:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the growing refugee crisis as the Pakistani military continues its operation against the Taliban.

Analyst: 'Bloody urban battle' looms between Taliban, Pakistanupdated: Thu May 14 2009 21:47:00

The Taliban are digging in for a "bloody urban battle" against the Pakistani army in a hotly disputed city in the western part of the country, a strategic expert warned Thursday.

Pakistani girl loses most of her family in one explosionupdated: Thu May 14 2009 03:02:00

Inside a hospital ward in northwest Pakistan, I found myself surrounded by sobs and screams. One scream was so high-pitched that I didn't think it was human. These were the sounds of agony, and they belonged to innocent civilians who were injured in the cross fire of Pakistani troops and the Taliban in the Swat Valley.

Little girl suffers unimaginable lossupdated: Thu May 14 2009 03:02:00

CNN's Reza Sayah reports on an 11 year old girl who has lost almost her entire family. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Taliban: All local leaders must quitupdated: Thu May 14 2009 03:00:00

A Taliban spokesman issued a series of threats and ultimatums against Pakistani officials Wednesday as the country's military continued its offensive against the militant group in the Swat Valley.

Orphans escape front lineupdated: Wed May 13 2009 23:02:00

Ivan Watson speaks with a group of orphans who made it out of Swat Valley and are homeless again.

Lost boys of Swat flee for their livesupdated: Wed May 13 2009 23:02:00

Twenty well-behaved boys sit on the floor in two rows, quietly eating a humble lunch of flat bread, water and beans.

Terrified teen surrounded by 'shooting and shelling'updated: Wed May 13 2009 09:11:00

A teenage boy trapped alone in an orphanage commandeered by soldiers in Pakistan's war-torn Swat Valley has described his terrifying ordeal.

U.N. to expand relief efforts in Pakistanupdated: Wed May 13 2009 03:36:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed on the need for additional humanitarian aid after meeting with Pakistani President Asif Zardari on Tuesday.

Pakistan military faces humanitarian crisisupdated: Wed May 13 2009 03:30:00

Pakistan's military is dealing with more than a million Pakistanis who have been displaced by fighting since last year, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

John King: Party politics and press partiesupdated: Mon May 11 2009 22:19:00

It was an odd Washington weekend: a Sunday of sober talk about the challenges ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan following a more relaxed Saturday night.

Pakistani military claims Taliban casualties climbingupdated: Mon May 11 2009 22:12:00

Pakistani security forces battling Taliban militants in the volatile Swat Valley killed between 45 and 55 of the fighters over the last 24 hours, the military said Saturday.

Pakistan takes on Talibanupdated: Mon May 11 2009 22:12:00

Pakistani troops pound Taliban targets, but humanitarian groups warn a crisis is near. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

U.N.: 360,000 escape war-torn Pakistani regionupdated: Mon May 11 2009 05:50:00

Civilians continued to flee Pakistan's northwest in droves Monday as government troops prepared to engage Taliban militants in the crisis-hit Swat Valley.

Pakistani offensive sparks 'massive displacement' of civiliansupdated: Sat May 09 2009 22:04:00

The United Nations' refugee agency warned Friday of a "massive displacement" of civilians as Pakistan's military broadens its offensive against Taliban militants in the country's troubled northwest.

Prime minister: Pakistan fights for 'honor and dignity'updated: Fri May 08 2009 02:26:00

Pakistan's prime minister formally renounced a peace agreement with Taliban militants Thursday night and announced "decisive steps" to expand the battle in the country's northwest.

Pakistan peace deal scrappedupdated: Fri May 08 2009 02:26:00

Pakistan's prime minister formally renounced a peace agreement with Taliban militants. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Taliban fighters pounded by Pakistani forcesupdated: Wed May 06 2009 21:34:00

Pakistan's military is pounding Taliban targets in the country's Swat Valley, trying to clear militants who control parts of the district's main city, military officials said.

Tens of thousands flee Pakistani fightingupdated: Mon May 04 2009 09:34:00

Newly displaced residents, fleeing the fighting between government troops and Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan, are putting a crush on U.N. resources already stretched thin.

Covering four stories at onceupdated: Sun May 03 2009 08:10:00

CNN's Nic Robertson is in Islamabad and was covering four stories at once. Here is how he did it.

Swat Valley: Ski resort to Taliban strongholdupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 14:01:00

Taliban militants, who implemented Islamic law in Pakistan's violence-plagued Swat Valley last week, have now taken control of a neighboring district.

Pakistan deal enshrines sharia lawupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 16:36:00

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed into law Monday a peace deal for the nation's violence-plagued Swat Valley, according to a presidential spokesman.

Pro-Taliban cleric pulls out of peace dealupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 00:29:00

Pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Mohammad has announced he has pulled out of a peace deal in the violence-plagued Swat Valley, saying the government is not serious about implementing Islamic law, or sharia, in the region.

Hurdles for peace in Pakistanupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 00:29:00

CNN's Reza Sayah reports from Pakistan, where a top mediator has pulled out of the peace talks.

Zardari defends cease-fire in volatile Pakistan regionupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 07:00:00

Pakistan's president has defended his government's recent ceasefire in the country's volatile Swat Valley in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, saying that many in the West have mischaracterized the deal.

This week on GPSupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 07:00:00

Christopher Hitchens, Bernard-Henri Levy, and Fawaz Gerges argue if the Taliban and al Qaeda are one and the same.

Zakaria: Policy on radical Islam should see distinctionsupdated: Sat Feb 28 2009 00:15:00

The Pakistani government recently announced a truce with the Taliban and allowed it to set up Islamic courts in the country's Swat Valley. Reports abound that girls will no longer be allowed to go to school, that brutal beatings are taking place for minor infractions, and the list goes on.

Displaced residents wait, hope cease-fire holds in Pakistan's Swatupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 06:45:00

The refugees mill about aimlessly amid the rows and rows of white tents that are now their homes.

Official kidnapped in Pakistan, despite Swat Valley cease-fireupdated: Sun Feb 22 2009 06:26:00

A top official in Pakistan's troubled Swat Valley was kidnapped Sunday -- a day after a cease-fire between the government and Taliban militants was supposed to go into effect.

Taliban announce 'cease-fire' in Pakistani valleyupdated: Sun Feb 15 2009 11:03:00

Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan announced a 10-day cease-fire on Sunday in Pakistan's Swat Valley, a volatile region in North West Frontier Province that is largely controlled by the Taliban.

Militants killed, NATO trucks targeted in NW Pakistanupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 09:43:00

Conflict raged Wednesday in volatile northwestern Pakistan, with nine militants killed in a gun battle, the Taliban's abduction and release of about 30 police officers, and strikes on stranded NATO trucks.

Suspected militants destroy bridge in Pakistanupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 21:11:00

Suspected Taliban militants blew up a bridge early Tuesday in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, suspending NATO supply lines.

Student flees Taliban in 'Pakistan's Switzerland'updated: Tue Feb 03 2009 10:07:00

Hina Khan used to take her life in her hands every morning just to get to school.

Taliban fighting in Pakistanupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 10:07:00

More than 40 civilians are killed in Pakistan in crossfire between Pakistani and Taliban forces. CNN's Reza Sayah reports

Blast strikes school in northwest Pakistanupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 03:01:00

Suspected Taliban militants blew up a government-run school Monday in Pakistan's violence-plagued Swat Valley, bringing to 183 the number of schools destroyed since fighting began in the area six months ago, officials said.

Pakistan: Security guards die intercepting car bomberupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 08:39:00

Two Pakistani security guards were killed Friday when they stopped a suicide car bomber from barreling into a military outpost.

Pakistan army says airstrikes killed 60 militantsupdated: Sat Oct 18 2008 05:53:00

Pakistan's military has killed 60 militants in airstrikes on targets in the Swat Valley since Friday morning, a Pakistani army official in the area said Saturday.

10 killed as Pakistan politician targetedupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 04:58:00

Militants attacked the home of a lawmaker in Pakistan's violence-plagued northwest Monday, killing 10 people in the latest unrest to hit the country since the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf, authorities said.

Pakistani militants abduct 30 policeupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 08:03:00

Militants in northwestern Pakistan attacked a police checkpoint Tuesday and abducted up to 30 police officers, a police official said.

Pakistan: Bomb destroys girls' schoolupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 07:10:00

Bombings by militants have destroyed a government-run girls' high school and several shops in the Swat Valley of northern Pakistan, police said Friday.

Pakistani militants set ski resort hotel on fireupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 05:49:00

Militants set fire to a hotel at Pakistan's only ski resort Thursday, as security in the Swat Valley continued to deteriorate despite a month-old peace deal.

Suicide bomber hits bus in Pakistanupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 01:00:00

A suicide bomber's attack on a bus near Rawalpindi early Monday wounded the bus driver and five children, a Pakistani military spokesman said. Pakistan's Taliban at the Gatesupdated: Tue Nov 20 2007 11:00:00

While political turmoil roils the capital, Pakistan's military are struggling to contain a domestic insurgency in the Swat valley

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