Op­er­a­tion cleanup

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tions, the Pak­istan Army fi­nally launched a mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against ter­ror­ists in the North Waziris­tan Agency. What prompted the op­er­a­tion per­haps was the De­cem­ber 18 sui­cide bomb at­tack on a mil­i­tary check­point in North Waziris­tan in which three sol­diers were killed. While the mil­i­tary claimed that more than 30 mil­i­tants, most of them eth­nic Uzbeks, were killed in the op­er­a­tion, res­i­dents of the area claimed that many among the dead were civil­ians. North Waziris­tan has al­legedly been a hot­bed of ter­ror­ists, es­pe­cially those who came from Cen­tral Asian coun­tries to fight the Afghan ji­had and stayed in the tribal ar­eas of Pak­istan.

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