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Pakistan army begins ground offensive against Taleban

Published on Jun 30, 2014 10:38 PM
Newly internally displaced Pakistani civilians fleeing a military operation against Taleban militants in North Waziristan tribal area on June 28, 2014. Pakistan military have launched a ground assault against the militants after two weeks of air strikes. PHOTO: AFP

BANNU, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan's military launched a ground assault in the North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taleban militants, after nearly half a million civilians fled the fighting.

Troops moved on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, around 9:30 am (1230 Singapore time), officials said, 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 Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

Security officials in Miranshah told AFP troops moved on the town after six hours of artillery shelling.

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