Northwest Pakistan

This item appears on page 19 of the August 2010 issue.

Fifty-five of the 60 hostages taken by militants on May 15, 2010, in the Kummar region of northwest Pakistan were released within two days. Negotiations over the others were ongoing.

The government continues fighting the Taliban in northwest Pakistan, and retaliation kidnappings, roadside bombs and suicide bombers continue. Persons traveling in restricted areas without official permission are subject to arrest.