Barmal District (Pashto: برمل ولسوالۍ) is a district of Paktika Province, Afghanistan, near the border with North Waziristan, one of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The population of Barmal is Pashtun, predominantly from the Kharoti and Wazir tribes.
Some of the world's most difficult terrain starts at Urgon and continues to Barmal and then Shawal (part of which is in Afghanistan and part in Pakistan). It is wholly pro-Taliban. Guerrillas carry out attacks and then melt into the local population, either in Birmal or in the thick forests of North Waziristan across the border. Recent US bombing in North Waziristan followed guerrillas being chased by US gunships and fighter aircraft - some stray bombs and missiles landed in Pakistani territory.
Security and Politics
A private T.V. station reported that NATO troops killed 23 Taliban insurgents in Barmal District on 18 November 2009.
- Syed Saleem Shahzad (May 28, 2008). "In the footsteps of Osama ...". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 2008-06-01. "S then went on to tell of his first showdown with American soldiers in Barmal (near Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area) in Afghanistan. Some Americans were killed, but most of S's colleagues were either killed or wounded. Shattered, S only just managed to make it back to his base."
- Syed Saleem Shahzad (June 7, 2005). "Hot on the trail of al-Qaeda". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 2008-06-01. "Meanwhile, there have been reports that Yuldash was sighted in the Afghan region of Barmal, where he is believed to have grouped dozens of guerrilla fighters of Chinese, Pakistani, Afghan, Uzbek, Chechen and Arab origin. They have been engaged in acts of sabotage in Paktika province, notably a recent attack on Argon in which two US soldiers were killed. US convoys and their military bases are constant targets."
- Rahimullah Yusufzai, Sailab Mahsud (June 22, 2007). "33 Die In Coalition Raids In Waziristan". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2008-06-01. "Reached on phone, some residents of Angoor Adda who had rushed to Tor Jawar after hearing about the bombing said 21 bodies had been retrieved from the debris of the mud-brick houses destroyed in the attack and more could be buried there. They said up to 40 persons were injured in the bombing and a number of cattle had been killed. The dead were buried in both Tor Jawar and in Bermal across the border in Paktika province. The Wazir tribal people living in the border areas normally own houses and land on both sides of the Durand Line in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
- "Pakistani Troops Fire at Afghans Along Fence". New York Times. April 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-01. "A senior Pakistani military official said Pakistani troops had fired warning shots at Afghan soldiers who tried to enter Pakistan from the Bermal area and denied that any part of the fence had been removed."
- "23 Taliban Insurgents killed in Afghanistan." Xinhua News. KABUL. 18 November 2009. Accessed at: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-11/18/content_12483667.htm