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Pakistan Military: New Offensive Launched Near Afghan Border

July 04, 2011


Pakistani officials say the military has launched an offensive in the Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border.

Officials say the operation is aimed at removing a Pakistani militant group called Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is believed to be active in the area.

Brigadier Azmat Ali, a senior officer of the Pakistani Army's media wing, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal.

"It has started in some areas and will be launched in some other areas. This is not a very big operation. The offensive is like the one conducted in [Pakistan's] Malakand [district]. This operation is meant to remove pockets [of militants]," Ali said.

Security officials say the increase in violence has reportedly caused thousands of families to flee the area.

Kurram Valley is located along the porous Afghan-Pakistan border, which is rife with insurgent activity and often serves as a haven for militants fleeing either country.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/pakistan_military_new_offensive_launched_near_afghan_border/24255166.html

Copyright (c) 2011. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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