Pakistan Army Launches Offensive Against Militants
The Pakistani army Sunday launched a long-awaited operation against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, hours after jets pounded insurgent hideouts in the country’s northwest. The move effectively ends the government’s policy of trying to negotiate with Pakistani Taliban militants instead of using force to end the years of fighting that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and security forces. There was no immediate information on how many troops were involved or what the operation would entail. News of the operation came exactly a week after an audacious attack by militants against the Karachi airport killed at least 36 people including ten militants. The airport attack, against a transportation hub vital to the country’s economy, shocked Pakistanis, and appeared to mark a turning point.
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