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Troops clash with Taliban militants

World in Brief / PAKISTAN

January 26, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The Pakistani military pounded hide-outs of Taliban militants who had hijacked ammunition supply trucks, killing as many as 30 suspected rebels, the army said.

Two paramilitary troops were killed and 10 wounded in clashes around Dara Adam Khel, on a key strategic route.

The route connects Peshawar -- the army's regional headquarters 25 miles away -- with the battlefields of Waziristan, regarded as a Taliban and Al Qaeda stronghold.

President Pervez Musharraf, who is touring Europe, dismissed a U.S. offer to send a small number of American troops to Pakistan to help fight the insurgency.

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