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Pakistan's Musharraf Vows to End Islamic Militancy

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed Saturday to crush Islamic militancy, saying there would be no let up in the Muslim nation’s biggest ever crackdown on al Qaeda operatives and other radicals. Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, said foreign militants linked to Osama bin Laden’s network and their local allies posed the biggest challenge to Pakistan, which was celebrating its 57th anniversary of independence Saturday. “We will crush them and will not allow them to move forward,” he said, speaking at a musical show held to mark the anniversary. Musharraf made no direct reference to a spate of recent arrests across the country, including top al Qaeda operatives, which have raised hopes that security forces may be getting closer to bin Laden or his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri. Full Story

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