Entries in Border (5)


Pakistani Troops Killed by Militants Near Afghan Border

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- Six Pakistani troops were killed on Sunday by militants near the country's northwest border with Afghanistan, according to a Pakistan military official.

The soldiers were patrolling the border in the Upper Dir district, across from Afghanistan's Kunar province, when they came under attack by militants from Afghanistan.  Eleven militants were also killed in the firefight.

Sunday's incident is the second attack in the same area in the past three days.  Such attacks have strained relations between both countries before and the current string of attacks has potential of doing the same.

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Israeli Troops Open Fire on Pro-Palestinian Protestors Near Border

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syrian state television is reporting that at least 14 people were killed near the Israeli-Syrian border Sunday after Israeli soldiers opened fire on protestors.

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protestors had gathered near the border of Golan Heights to mark the 44th anniversary of the 1967 Mid-East war, when Israeli soldiers opened fire on the flag-toting protesters. In addition to reports of fatalities, several others were said to have been injured during the violent exchange.

On Sunday Israeli television broadcasted images of protestors on the other side of the border, carrying those who were wounded to safer ground.

Similar scenes of protest played out on May 15, when several people were killed as Israeli soldiers opened fire on protestors at border crossing points in Gaza, the West Bank, Golan Heights and the frontier with Lebanon.

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Netanyahu Disapproves of Obama's Shift on Borders

Jim Hollander - pool/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Much to the disapproval of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama on Thursday backed pre-1967 borders as the basis for negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians on an eventual peace deal.

In calling for borders to be the basis for negotiations, the president removed some ambiguity about the U.S. position.

Previously, the Obama administration said that the parties would have to debate the Palestinian goal of an independent state along the 1967 lines, prior to the Israeli-Arab war.  Now, President Obama has placed the United States closer to the Palestinian camp and endorsed their aspirations of a state along those pre-1967 lines.

The announcement came just a day before President Obama is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu, whose office quickly expressed his displeasure with the change in policy.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress,” his office said in a series of tweets not long after President Obama spoke, referring to a secret agreement that President Bush made with then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon which acknowledged that settlement growth reflected “new realities on the ground.”

“Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines, which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines,” Netanyahu’s office added.

President Obama will face a domestic test of his new policy when he address AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, on Sunday.  Netanyahu will likely reiterate his disapproval when he addresses the group on Monday.

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US Pilots Believe They Crossed into Pakistan, Prompting Firefight (file photo)(ISLAMABAD) -- NATO helicopter pilots may be taking responsibility for the exchange of fire that broke out between them and Pakistani troops on the ground earlier this week.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez told ABC News that the pilots believe they crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan on Tuesday, violating Pakistani air space and prompting soldiers at a nearby post to fire at the aircraft.  The pilots said they had been under fire all day from insurgents along the border and might have accidently crossed over into Pakistan.

The incident in North Waziristan on Tuesday left two Pakistani troops injured.

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Israel to Build Barrier Along Egyptian Border

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israel will begin building a barrier along its border with Egypt in an effort to keep unwanted individuals from entering the country.

Dozens of Israeli engineers will start working at various points along the 150-mile-long border Monday.  The planned barrier is intended to keep out illegal immigrants, terrorist operatives, and drug smugglers.

With the latest figures showing 700 immigrants cross over the Egyptian border each week, the legal status of these immigrants and their children has become a hotly debated issue in Israel.  Some have to be deported, while others are given full rights.

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