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Pakistani Troops Step Up al-Qaida Hunt

Up to 400 tribesmen and foreigners hunkered down in mud fortresses Friday, exchanging fire with thousands of Pakistani troops laying siege to the militants and hunting for al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri. Hundreds of civilians poured out of the battle zone in the tribal South Waziristan region, some wounded and others carrying their meager possessions — clothes, carpets, pots and pans. Many said they knew nothing about the militants in their midst, and expressed outrage at the army assault. Authorities hoped to wrap up the raid “during the next 48 hours” — by Sunday afternoon, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayyat told The Associated Press. Dozens have been killed in the four-day operation. Full Story

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