Pakistan Continues Its Fight in South Waziristan
By SABRINA TAVERNISE and IRFAN ASHRAF, New York Times, June 1, 2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Fighting broke out late Saturday between militants and the Pakistani military in South Waziristan, a stronghold region for the Taliban and Al Qaeda that the government has said will be the next front in its offensive, a Pakistani military spokesman said.
At least 25 militants and six soldiers were killed overall in the fighting, which began on Saturday evening in the Torwam area, where militants ambushed a military convoy, said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, a military spokesman. A battle followed, leaving three soldiers and an estimated 10 militants dead, General Abbas said.
Then, around midnight, the Taliban attacked a military post in Spinkai Raghzai. Soldiers fought militants for several hours through the night, killing at least 15 of them, General Abbas said. Three soldiers, including an officer, were also reported killed.
For the past month, the military has been pressing an offensive against Taliban militants who had taken over the Swat Valley, north of Islamabad, the capital. On Sunday, a day after the military reported that it had taken the valley’s biggest city, Mingora, from the Taliban, Pakistani officials said the campaign could be over in a matter of days.
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