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Pakistani army builds goodwill against Al-Qaeda in tribal zone

With its freshly-built roads, schools, clinics and wells, the tribal district of Mohmand along the Afghan border is a showpiece for the Pakistani armed forces. Just 200 kilometres (120 miles) further south in Waziristan, the military is engaged in a bloody conflict with local tribesmen sheltering Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who have fled over the border from Afghanistan. But in Mohmand, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) northwest of the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar, the soldiers see themselves more as aid workers than fighters. “We have asked the army to help us out of our misery,” said local chief Mohammed Ali Halimazai in the village of Khalanai, which for the past year has been the local headquarters of the Pakistani military. Full Story

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