Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Taliban scrap peace deal in Pakistan tribal area

MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban militants in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan say they have pulled out of a peace deal with the government, raising the prospect of wider unrest as the Pakistani army extends its efforts to eliminate insurgents.

The militants in North Waziristan blamed continuing U.S. missile strikes and army offensives against the Taliban for their decision, which was announced in the wake of a Taliban ambush that killed 16 soldiers.

Separately, a car bombing in Pakistan's southwest killed four people Tuesday, police said — a reminder of how insecurity in the country stretches far beyond the northwest regions near Afghanistan.

Government leaders and Taliban representatives reached the North Waziristan deal in February 2008, but few details have been released about it.

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