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Pakistan calls 12-day siege a success

Pakistan declared its operation to detain Al Qaeda fighters and their local supporters a success Sunday and began withdrawing its troops from villages in the remote tribal agency of South Waziristan. The withdrawal followed the release of 12 soldiers held hostage by rebel tribesmen, signaling an end to Pakistan’s biggest and bloodiest anti-terrorist raid yet. At least 130 people died in the 12-day siege of a cluster of villages west of the town of Wana, about 20 miles from the Afghanistan border. Pakistan’s chief military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, said the operation was a success because it “largely achieved its objectives.” Full Story

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