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Deadline looms for Pakistan clans

Pakistani tribesmen are continuing their hunt for al-Qaeda fighters close to the Afghan border ahead of Tuesday’s government-set deadline. The authorities have threatened further military action if the tribesmen do not flush out the militants. About 2,000 tribesmen of the Zalikhel clan began their sweep on Sunday in South Waziristan. More than 100 militants and troops were killed in a massive army operation in the region several weeks ago. The tribal “lashkar” (army) has spread out in two groups through South Waziristan carrying rifles and rocket launchers. Tribesmen said they had sealed off some mountain passes 20km (12.5 miles) from the region’s main town, Wana, and demolished two houses of clansmen believed to have harboured militants. Full Story

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