April 10th, 2010
03:09 PM ET

Officials: 67 militants killed in Pakistani airstrikes

Sixty-seven militants were killed Saturday in separate airstrikes in two areas of Pakistan's tribal region, officials tell CNN.

Two Pakistan intelligence officials said about 50 militants were killed in the valley of Tirah of Khyber Agency, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Officials say a meeting of the militants was under way when shelling from helicopters started. Officials say they received intelligence and then destroyed six militant hideouts.

Officials further informed CNN that in a second wave of air strikes on the hideouts of the militants in Orakzai Agency, 17 militants were killed and three hideouts were destroyed. The officials asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

This strikes came as the Pakistan military continues its push into tribal areas where both al Qaeda and Taliban operatives are believed to be hiding.
- From journalist Nasir Habib

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  1. Joel

    I can't believe you people. The Pakistani government is finally cooperating with American forces and intelligence and finding considerable success. Perhaps this may lead eventually to the death of Osama. Regardless, if peace and stability come to India and Pakistan, then the U.S. is fortunate to have two democratic allies in that area.

    Is it an end to terrorism? Of course not! But maybe a step in the right direction. And that seems to bother you left wing morons. Simple solution: Go find another country to live where you'll be better off. Maybe start a little free health care wherever you go. I'm sure they'll welcome you as illegal aliens.

    Forgot to mention one thing: Bush was aright all along. And don't you wish he was back at the helm now.

    April 11, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Liberty A.

    I hope one day we shall smell peace in the World.

    April 11, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scott Clark

    This is great news when Pakistan takes these terrorist idiots down on their own. Too bad some commenters seem to side with the Taliban!

    April 11, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. A Guy With a Question

    Right wing thugs in Washington? Obama is in charge, buddy. The policies in Pakistan are his. So maybe the left wingers are happy, because it is their policy.

    April 11, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    I have always been skeptical of Pakistan and I still am regardless of what they purportedly are doing against the Taliban and al Qaeda. All Pakistan wants is military aid and economic assistance. Take away both and their real colors will be revealed. Jeff

    April 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TeeDee

    Hey Daniel, I'm a full on Democrat, but 'right wing thugs in Washington'? As A Guy with a Question said, it's an Obama administration, and Pakistan is fighting a war of survival. In case you're not aware, Pakistan has nukes. Do you really want the Taliban taking them over, starting a war with India, and sending waves of nuclear suicide bombers all over the world? This is not some imaginary piece of fiction, it's a real possibility. Making peace with the Taliban is unfortunately not an option, in the same way that making peace with the Japanese in WW2 was impossible. Some enemies can be bargained with, but when you're dealing with Western hating religious zealots ready to die for their cause, negotiation does not work.

    April 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim in Washington

    If the well known draft dodgers Busy and Cheney had not been so busy spilling the blood of other peoples' children to advance Haliburton's business plan this sort of thing would have happened long ago. These results didn't start until Obama's watch whether the Tea Pottie like it or not.

    April 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel Brockman

    How many children were killed in these events?

    April 12, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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