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By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan attacked a prison in Dera Ismail Khan yesterday resulting in the escape of over 200 prisoners. Reports indicate that some of the attackers engaged the prison guards outside the prison walls, while other units took up positions designed to deny access by Pakistani military units responding to the attack.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence command in Sukkur, Sindh province came under attack today killing seven and wounding 37. ISI building have come under militant attack in the past, but violence has been relatively rare in Sukkur making this attack rather notable. Thus far police have said that the attackers drove an explosive laden vehicle into a barricade outside the ISI building, while another suicide bomber detonated his vest just outside a police building.

By William Tucker

Six Afghan policemen were killed today by a fellow officer who may have been recruited by the Taliban to carry out the attack. Insider attacks targeting NATO members have been reported on extensively – commonly known as “green on blue” attacks – but it is the Afghan forces that have received the majority of the damage.

By William Tucker

A suspected U.S. UAV strike hit a house in Chashma, a village near Miramshah, Pakistan today killing seven and wounding several others. Reports have emerged that Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, deputy chief Waliur Rehman was killed in the strike, however neither the U.S., Pakistan, nor the TTP have confirmed this.

By William Tucker Paksitani intelligence officers are claiming that Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a recent drone strike near Miramshah. Mehsud has been reported dead by the Pakistanis so many times that he should win a prize, but strangely this report is a bit different (For those keeping score at home this is the fourteenth time Mehsud has been reported dead by the author’s count).

By William Tucker

A Taliban force, numbering about ten, launched an attack on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. Several suicide attacks against Afghan police stations in Kabul coincided with the larger attack on the international targets. Reports from the International Stabilization Force indicate that the attackers were able to hit the Embassy from an adjacent building that is under construction.

By William Tucker

In Pakistan’s heavily populated tribal belt that runs along the Afghan border many militants, both foreign members of al-Qaeda and local Taliban, have found a safe haven. This haven has a large number of militant groups that wage war against ISAF forces in Afghanistan as well as the Pakistani state. Tackling the problem has been a difficult proposition for the U.S.