The 2007 timeline of the War in Waziristan:
July 3–11: Lal Masjid siege[edit | edit source]
On 3 July 2007, the militant supporters of Lal Masjid and Pakistani security forces clashed in Islamabad after the students from the mosque attacked a nearby government ministry building. The Pakistani security forces immediately put up a siege around the mosque complex which lasted until 11 July and resulted in 109 deaths. This represented the main catalyst for the conflict and eventual breakdown of the truce that existed between Pakistan and the Taliban in the northwest. Already during the siege there were several attacks in Waziristan in retaliation for the siege.
July 14–15: Attacks and end of truce[edit | edit source]
At least 75 Pakistanis, including soldiers and police recruits, had died in three attacks on 14 July and 15 July 2007.
In a statement issued in Miranshah, the main town, the militants accused the government of breaking the agreement. "We are ending the agreement today," the Taleban Shura or Council said in pamphlets distributed in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan.
On 14 July 2007 a suicide bomber attacked a Pakistani Army convoy killed 26 soldiers and wounding 54. On 15 July 2007 two suicide bombers attacked another Pakistani Army convoy killing 16 soldiers and 5 civilians and wounding another 47 people. And in a separate incident a fourth suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters killing 28 police officers and recruits and wounding 35 people.
July 15–19: Waves of attack[edit | edit source]
From 15 July to 19, waves of attacks in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed over 200 people. On 17 July, a suicide bomber hit a rally featuring the country's suspended chief justice in Pakistan's capital Islamabad killing 15 people and wounding 44. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was traveling to the rally and was about three miles away when the attacker struck near the stage set up for him.
20 July: Car bomb attack in Karachi averted[edit | edit source]
On 20 July panic gripped shoppers on Friday evening at a Clifton shopping mall in Karachi when a bomb was defused immediately after it had been found in a car parked in a nearby parking area. An anonymous caller informed the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee that a bomb was planted in the car parked near the Park Towers. The shopping mall was the venue of a Harry Potter book launch and was packed with shoppers. Investigators said that the car carrying the bomb had been stolen from the Ferozabad police limits on 10 July and it had 4 kilograms of explosives. The bomb disposal squad (BDS) defused the bomb as the BDS officials severed the wiring connecting the boxes with the car’s battery.
21 July - September 2: Army moves into Waziristan[edit | edit source]
The Army moved large concentration of troops into Waziristan and had engaged in fierce clashes with militants in which at least 100 militants had been killed including wanted terrorist and former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Abdullah Mehsud. The militants also struck back in attacking Army convoys, security check points and sending suicide bombers which has killed over 50 soldiers and police and over 100 civilians. In one month of fighting during the period from 24 July to 24 August 250 militants and 60 soldiers were killed. On 2 September, just a few militants managed to ambush a 17-vehicle army convoy and captured an estimated 240 soldiers in it, without a shot being fired; an event that shocked the nation. Seven officers were among the captured. Following this, there has been widespread anger at the Pakistan Army within Pakistan.
September - Present: Army garrisons Waziristan attacked[edit | edit source]
The army garrisoned the areas and set up check points but the militants have hit hard overrunning many check points and kidnapping many soldiers in ambushes.
On 12 September 2007, the first outpost was attacked and overrun by the Taliban resulting in the capture of 12 Pakistani soldiers.
The next day on 13 September 2007, a suicide bomber in Ghazi Tarbela attacked a Pakistani army base, destroying the main mess hall and killing 20 members of the Karar commando group; Pakistan's most elite army unit. Another 29 soldiers were wounded.
A series of attacks ensued and by 20 September 2007 a total of five Pakistani Army military outposts had been overrun and more than 25 soldiers captured.
List of attacks[edit | edit source]
|Date||Location of attack||Mechanism of attack||Primary target||Number of killed & wounded|
|4 July 2007||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide bomber||Army convoy||6 soldiers and 4 civilians are killed.|
|4 July 2007||Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Ambush||Police patrol||4 police officers are killed.|
|6 July 2007||Chakdara, Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide bomber||Army||4 soldiers are killed.|
|8 July 2007||Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Ambush||Chinese workers||3 Chinese workers are killed.|
|10 July 2007||Kohat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Bomb attack||Police patrol||1 police officer is killed.|
|12 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Two suicide bombers||Police and army||4 police officers and 5 civilians are killed.|
|12 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Suicide bomber||Local administrator||2 civilians are killed.|
|13 July 2007||Miranshah, North Waziristan, FATA||Ambush||Pro-government tribal chiefs||3 civilians are killed.|
|14 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Suicide bomber||Army convoy||26 soldiers are killed and 54 are wounded.|
|15 July 2007||Mingora, Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Two suicide bombers and a roadside bomb||Military convoy||13 soldiers and 5 civilians are killed and 47 are wounded.|
|15 July 2007||Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide bomber||Police recruitment center||28 police officers and recruits are killed.|
|17 July 2007||Islamabad, ICT||Suicide bomber||Chief Justice convention at the F-8 Markaz||17 civilians are killed and 40 wounded.|
|17 July 2007||Mirali, North Waziristan, FATA||Suicide bomber||Security checkpoint||3 soldiers and 1 civilian are killed and two wounded.|
|18 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Ambush||Military convoy||17 soldiers and 12 militants are killed. Five additional militants killed in a separate incident.|
|19 July 2007||Hangu District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide bomber||Police academy||6 police officers and 1 civilian are killed.|
|19 July 2007||Hub, Baluchistan||Suicide bomber||Convoy of Chinese engineers||7 police officers and 23 civilians are killed and 30 are wounded.|
|19 July 2007||Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide bomber||Mosque in an army camp||18 killed and 19 wounded, mostly military personnel, 3 children among the dead.|
|22 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Ambush||Military convoy||11 Soldiers Wounded and 19 Militants killed.|
|23 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Clash||Military check posts||2 Soldiers are killed and 7 are wounded and 35 Militants killed.|
|24 July 2007||Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Rocket attack||Mosque and adjacent houses||14 civilians are killed and 33 are wounded. 7 Police officers are wounded.|
|25 July 2007||Tunga, South Waziristan||Rocket attack||Security check-post||1 soldier killed and 2 wounded.|
|27 July 2007||Islamabad, Pakistan||Suicide bomber||Muzaffar Hotel near the Red mosque||14 people killed, including 8 policemen.|
|30 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Helicopter gunship attack & Road side bomb||Army Convoy||3 soldiers are killed and 5 are wounded. 4 Militants are also killed.|
|31 July 2007||North Waziristan, FATA||Helicopter gunship attack||Army Check post||18 Militants are killed by Helicopter Gunships.|
|2 August 2007||Sargodha, Punjab||Attempted suicide bombing||Police training Center||1 Militant and 1 Police officer killed.|
|3 August 2007||Oblanki, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Shootout||Army Check post||4 Soldiers and 10 Militants killed.|
|3 August 2007||Parachinar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide car bomber||Bus Station||12 Civilians killed and 35 injured.|
|6 August 2007||Kohat Road, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Remote Controlled Bomb||PAf Airbase||Two injured, Squadron Leader Mushtaq, driver Zain Khan and an unidentified child.|
|7 August 2007||Degan, North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Helicopter Gunship attack||Militant compound||At least 15 militants killed.|
|16 August 2007||North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Ambush||Army convoy||At least 19 militants and 10 soldiers killed.|
|18 August 2007||North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Rocket and gun attack||Army Check post||2 Soldiers killed.|
|18 August 2007||Tank, North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide car bomber||Army convoy||5 Soldiers wounded.|
|19 August 2007||Thal, North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide car bomber||Army post||At least 3 soldiers killed.|
|19 August 2007||North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Helicopter Gunship attack||Militant compounds||At least 15 militants and 5 civilians killed.|
|22 August 2007||Bannu, North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Gun and rocket attack||Army checkpoint||At least 4 soldiers and 3 militants killed.|
|24 August 2007||Miran Shah, North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide car bomber||Army convoy||5 soldiers killed.|
|24 August 2007||North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Roadside bomb||Army convoy||1 soldier killed.|
|27 August 2007||South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Beheading||Hostages||1 soldier killed.|
|2 September 2007||Shawangi, North Waziristan||Ambush||Army convoy||280 soldiers captured.|
|3 September 2007||Rawalpindi, Pakistan||Two Suicide Bombings||Ministry of Defense bus and Commercial Market||19 Soldiers and 12 Civilians killed.|
|12 September 2007||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||12 Soldiers captured.|
|13 September 2007||South Waziristan, Pakistan||Clashes||Militant hideouts||2 Soldiers killed and 8 wounded. 50 Militants killed|
|13 September 2007||Ghazi Tarbela, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Suicide Bombing||Army Mess Hall||20 Soldiers killed|
|14 September 2007||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||6 Soldiers captured.|
|16 September 2007||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost||2 Soldiers killed and 5 wounded.|
|17 September 2007||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||16 Soldiers and 18 militants killed.|
|18 September 2007||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||2 Soldiers captured.|
|19 September 2007||Tall town, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||7 Soldiers captured.|
|1 October 2007||Bannu||Suicide Bombing||Military convoy||4 policemen and 11 civilians killed.|
|1 October 2007||Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||33 soldiers captured.|
|2 October 2007||Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Rescue operation of captured soldiers||Militant hideout||2 soldiers and 15 militants killed and 9 soldiers rescued.|
|4 October 2007||Spin Wam||Clashes||Outpost (overrun)||28 soldiers captured.|
|7 October 2007||North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Battle of Mir Ali||Militant bases, convoy||45 Soldiers, 150 Militants and 10 civilians killed and 13 soldiers missing|
|6 December 2007||Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Re-capturing Swat||Militant bases||15 Soldiers, 250 Militants and 30 civilians killed.|
|12 December 2007||North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Ambush||Military Convoy||6 Soldiers killed and 15 Militants killed.|
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