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Fearful of a Pakistani Drive, Tribesmen Hunt Qaeda Supporters

Fearing another offensive by the Pakistani Army, a 2,000-member local militia began a sweep through mud-brick villages in their tribal homeland on Sunday, saying their intention was to hunt down supporters of Al Qaeda and hand them over to the government. The tribal force headed off in two groups into South Waziristan, near the Afghan border. A military operation last month seeking Al Qaeda members who might be hiding in the largely lawless territory killed more than 120 people, including soldiers, militants and civilians. The government has threatened more tough military action if five tribesmen accused of harboring foreign terrorists do not surrender by Tuesday. Full Story

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