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Pakistan Claims a Victory in Effort Against Al Qaeda

After five days of clashes in the western tribal lands, the Pakistani military announced Monday that it had completed its combat operation against suspected Al Qaeda supporters and had killed more than 70 militants. But even as officials declared their success, three Pakistani security men were killed when their truck was destroyed by a remote-controlled bomb left on a road outside Miran Shah, the main town of the border region of North Waziristan. After the attack, Pakistani officials arrested several tribal leaders in the area.The Waziristan area near the Afghan border has been the site of tension for several months. Pakistani military officials say tribal leaders have sheltered large numbers of foreign fighters and Al Qaeda operatives. At the urging of the U.S., Pakistan deployed 70,000 troops to hunt down militants and protect the border from infiltration. Full Story

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