The Pakistan military has launched a major operation against suspected al-Qaeda militants in the country’s tribal region that borders Afghanistan. A military spokesman said helicopter gunships were supporting ground troops. The offensive is in the area of South Waziristan, where a number of fire fights with suspected Islamic militants have taken place in the past. The area has been a hub of activity for members of Afghanistan’s ousted Taleban regime and Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda. The military crackdown started in the early hours of Thursday morning following intelligence reports that some suspected foreign militants were hiding in the mountains near Waziristan’s main town of Wana. Full Story
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