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Pakistan Detains 25 in Al Qaeda Offensive

Pakistani troops backed by helicopters and artillery detained 25 people, including Arabs, in raids on hideouts of al Qaeda and Taliban militants Tuesday in a remote tribal area near the Afghan border, officials said. Military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan said the “routine” operation followed a tipoff about “foreign terrorists” who failed to surrender by a Feb. 20 deadline. He said a few foreigners had been detained along with passports, weapons, ammunition and audio cassettes. Intelligence officials said 25 people, including Saudi, Egyptian and Yemeni nationals, were among those held and others could be Uzbeks or Chechens. They said the detainees included men and women. Sultan said some locals were later released. Full Story

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