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Pakistan claims crucial Waziristan prize

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Pakistan claims crucial Waziristan prize


The first pictures have emerged of what is thought to be Taliban fighters preparing to attack the Pakistan army in Waziristan. Independent verification is impossible as foreign journalists are banned from the area, but the video also shows the the continuing bombardment of Taliban positions.

This morning the army claimed to have captured the Taliban stronghold of Kotkai, the third time it has changed hands since the offensive began eight days ago. The Pakistan army has attacked Waziristan three times since 2004. Each time, heavy losses forced commanders to sign peace deals which have left the militants in effective control. The latest fighting has seen thousands flee, seeking safety in temporary camps. They are the lucky ones: international aid agencies are banned from Waziristan and it is not known how many others may be trapped. There are reports today that 14 people died when an American drone hit what is claimed to be the home of a local Taliban commander on the northern edge of Waziristan.

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