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Pakistan Military: New Offensive Launched Near Afghan Border

July 04, 2011

By RFE/RL

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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