KHAR, Pakistan – About 5,000 pro-Taliban tribesmen held an anti-America rally in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border on Saturday, vowing to keep waging a holy war against "infidels."
The rally was held 125 miles northwest of the capital Islamabad near Damadola, a village near the site of an alleged U.S. missile attack that killed several Al Qaeda members and civilians in January.
The missile attack prompted protests against Washington.
"We are mujahedeen (holy warriors) and we will continue jihad against Americans and their allies," said Faqir Mohammed, a pro-Taliban leader who is being sought by Pakistani security forces for allegedly backing foreign militants.
Mohammed said he was not afraid of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf or the coalition forces in Afghanistan.
"Any one who supports Americans is our enemy," he said.
Pakistan is a key ally of the U.S. in its war on terror, and it has deployed about 80,000 soldiers in its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan in an effort to flush out Taliban and Al Qaeda members.
Usama bin Laden is believed to be hiding in the mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.