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Mixed results for Pakistan's tribal offensive

Pakistani forces this week wrapped up their largest offensive ever in the semiautonomous tribal region of South Waziristan after 12 days of heavy fighting against Al Qaeda militants and their local supporters. The Pakistani military says it killed 63 militants and captured 166 others, including 73 foreigners. But Pakistani forces paid a high price, losing 46 military and paramilitary troops. The bodies of two kidnapped officials were found Tuesday. As the smoke clears, analysts are portraying the once highly touted operation in a mixed light. Pakistan has gained a tactical advantage against the fighters by routing them from lowland village havens into the rugged mountains near the Afghan border. But the fight failed to net high-value leaders and revealed flaws in Pakistan’s US-aided intelligence network as well as deep and widespread local support for the foreign militants. Full Story

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