Pakistani governor offers amnesty to 'foreign fighters'
Foreign fighters hiding in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas along the Afghan border will be allowed to stay if they lay down arms and give up “negative activities,” a provincial governor said. The offer comes less than a week after Pakistan’s army wrapped up a bloody 12-day offensive against a major Al-Qaeda hideout in a cluster of tribal villages some 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the Afghan border. Despite the deployment of 7,500 troops against up to 500 fighters, 46 troops were killed, at least 15 civilians died, 63 militants were killed and 166 were captured. The rest escaped, including Uzbek radical leader Tahir Yuldashev, an Al-Qaeda ally. Full Story