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24 rebel suspects killed in fight with Pakistani troops

Tribes pressured to flush out hidden al Qaeda, Taliban. Under pressure from the United States to root out al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives, Pakistani forces faced off in a fierce daylong battle with tribesmen near the Afghan border Tuesday that left at least 32 dead. Twenty-four suspects and eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in the fierce machine-gun and mortar assault on a fortress-like mud-brick compound near Wana, in South Waziristan, paramilitary sources said, and 15 soldiers were wounded. The battle came on the eve of a visit to Pakistan by Secretary of State Colin Powell, who arrives in the Pakistani capital today for talks with high- ranking Pakistani officials that are expected to focus on continuing operations in the war on terror. Full Story

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