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Officials: al-Qaida, Taliban on the Run

Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, increasingly pursued by American and Pakistani forces, are on the run or hunkering down rather than mounting a threatened spring offensive of their own, U.S. and Afghan officials say. More than 50 alleged terrorists have been killed and 163 detained in Pakistan’s largest military operation yet against suspected al-Qaida fighters and local sympathizers in its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said Thursday. Brig. Mahmood Shah, chief of security in Pakistan’s tribal areas, acknowledged that some terrorists might have escaped at the start of the 10-day-old operation. His comments further fueled speculation that a “high-value” terrorist suspect — said by some officials last week to be al-Qaida No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri — had escaped. Full Story

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