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Pakistani army starts offensive against militants

June 15, 2014
Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army says it has launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.

An army statement issued Sunday says the long-awaited offensive in North Waziristan was started at the direction of the government of Pakistan.

North Waziristan is home to a mix of local and al-Qaida linked foreign militants.

The U.S. has long pushed for Pakistan to launch an operation in North Waziristan, one of the last areas in the country's northwest where a large-scale operation has not been held against militants.



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