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Warplanes strike militant targets

October 14, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Warplanes carried out strikes against militant targets along the Afghan border before what the Pakistani government promises will be a ground offensive into the Taliban's main stronghold.

The United States is encouraging Pakistan to take strong action against insurgents who are using its soil as a base for attacks in Afghanistan. But the Pakistani army has been beaten back on three previous offensives in the Taliban heartland and forced to sign peace deals.

The military says 80% of the militant attacks in Pakistan are planned from South Waziristan.

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