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Pakistan army begins ground offensive against Taleban

Published on Jun 30, 2014 3:53 PM

BANNU, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan's military launched a ground assault in North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taleban militants, officials said.

Troops moved on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, around 9.30am local time (0430 GMT) after two weeks of air strikes and artillery bombardment of insurgent targets.

Washington has long urged Islamabad to tackle militant sanctuaries in North Waziristan, a haven for Pakistani Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

Security officials in Miranshah told AFP troops moved on the town after six hours of artillery shelling, which began at 3.30am.

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