Daily Brief: Anti-Taliban militia leader targeted in Pakistan

Reprisal attack

The leader of an anti-Taliban militia, Aziz ur-Rehman, was killed Tuesday along with has 12-year-old son and two others in a remote-detonated roadside bomb attack in Pakistan’s northwestern Lower Dir District (CNN,AFP,BBC). In the nearby Khyber Agency, at least 18,000 people have fled their homes following a Pakistan Army directive to leave because of ongoing operations against militants in the area (ET,Dawn).And ten people were killed in 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday in violence in Karachi (Dawn).

The Post’s Joshua Partlow reports that following U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the region this weekend, the U.S. military’s second-in-command in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, is looking to rebuild ties between the Pakistan and U.S. militaries, too (Post). After the May 2 U.S. raid in Abbottabad that killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti says the two countries’ forces ceased conducting coordinated o