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Pakistan Pounds Militants with Bombs, Artillery

Pakistan upped the stakes against al Qaeda-linked militants on Friday, bombing and shelling their positions in a remote tribal region where it said more than 53 people had been killed in three days of fighting. Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told Pakistan’s parliament the military would continue its assault in the Shakai area of South Waziristan, a mountainous region bordering Afghanistan, until it had been cleared of militants. Pakistan has said up to 600 foreign militants, including Arabs, Chechens and Uzbeks linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, have been hiding out in tribal areas close to the Afghan border, protected by Pakistani tribesmen. At least two aircraft bombed two houses where militants were thought to be holed up in the Shakai area, about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Islamabad and 17 km (11 miles) west of the regional capital, Wana, witnesses told Reuters by telephone. Full Story

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