US expands its secret drone war to Libya to hunt 'al-Qaeda'

03:05 PM | 26 Mar, 2018
US expands its secret drone war to Libya to hunt 'al-Qaeda'
BENGHAZI - Extending its covert drone war against terrorists to a South African country, the US military launched first ever drone attack in southern Libya and killed two militants, who reportedly had links with Al-Qaeda.

The American army, which had earlier been targeting terrorists of Islamic militant since US President Donald Trump took office, on Saturday fired a drone at a house in Ubari, 435 miles south of Tripoli, to hit the militants.

A photo circulating on the media show a mutilated bodies lying under the rubble of the razed house. The killed were later identified by a spokeswoman as belonging to Al-Qaeda’s branch in northwestern Africa.

The targeted region remains in the light due to the notorious sanctuaries of Al-Qaeda and other extremist outfits operate in Algeria, Niger and other areas.

In a statement, the military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the strike was launched with the assistance of the United Nations-backed unity government in Tripoli, targeting militants belong to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an affiliate.

The strike was conducted as part of efforts to “disrupt and destroy terrorist organizations,” the statement said, adding that the purpose was “to deny terrorists freedom of action and degrade their ability to reconsolidate.”

According to New York Times, Ubri's seminomadic tribesmen are heavily involved in the smuggling of weapons, drugs and illegal migrants through the lawless deserts of southern Libya.

Some have allied with Islamist militias, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which operates across Algeria, Mali, Niger and Libya.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee continues recovery against dollar, rises by Rs1.04 in interbank

KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee continued its positive trajectory against the US dollar in the interbank market on Thursday with the local currency’s recovery relating to crackdown launched against hoarders and outflows of the foreign currency through unlawful means.

During the intraday trading, PKR moved up against the USD, and hovered at 287.73, with an increase of Rs1.04, in the interbank market.

Yesterday, the Pakistani rupee appreciated 0.36pc to settle at 288.75.

Last week, the government said a crackdown to prevent cross-border smuggling was initiated across Pakistan. The country’s central bank also stepped up supervision of the foreign exchange market, ordering banks to set up separate entities to conduct forex transactions.

The SBP also introduced structural reforms in the exchange companies’ sector to provide better services and to ensure a transparent system.

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 28, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 202,600 on Thursday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 177,700. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 28 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Karachi PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Islamabad PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Peshawar PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Quetta PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Sialkot PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Attock PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Gujranwala PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Jehlum PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Multan PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Bahawalpur PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Gujrat PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Nawabshah PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Chakwal PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Hyderabad PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Nowshehra PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Sargodha PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Faisalabad PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Mirpur PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495


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