Pakistani offensive against militants in tribal regions
|Location||South Waziristan, Pakistan|
|Location||North West Frontier, Pakistan|
|Narrative and Notes|
|Reliable||Pakistan has deployed as many as 80,000 trops into the rough tribal regions in the north and western reaches of the country in an effort to root out militants who fled Afghanistan after the post-9-11 U.S.-led invasion there.|
The offensive began in March 2004 with a sweep by paramilitaries of tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan in coordination with U.S. operations over the border in Afghanistan.
During the initial sweep, Pakistani troops killed 60 militants, detain 163 suspects, and lose 48 of their number. An unknown number of civilians are killed.
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