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Pakistan's military kills 1,000 insurgents

A PAKISTANI military offensive against Taliban fighters near the Afghan border has killed more than 1,000 suspected insurgents and "will continue till the last Taliban are flushed out," Interior Minister Rehman Malik said yesterday.

Malik also wouldn't rule out extending the operation in the Swat Valley and surrounding areas. His comments appeared designed to show resolve amid intense American pressure to clear al-Qaida and Taliban havens along the border region.

Many of the main militant safe havens, however, are in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal areas, with South Waziristan serving as the primary base for Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.

Britain's Sunday Times reported that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said military action would follow in the tribal belt. "We're going to go into Waziristan, all these regions, with army operations," he said.


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