Pakistan Launches Strikes Against Taliban

Militant presence in Buner violates peace agreement, says military
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2009 11:44 AM CDT
Pakistani Taliban members hold their weapons as they gather before leaving Buner, northwestern Pakistan on Friday, April 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)
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(Newser) – Pakistan has deployed troops and begun airstrikes against suspected Taliban sites in the Buner district, uncomfortably close to the capital. A military spokesman said some 500 militants are in the district, just over 60 miles from Islamabad, violating a peace agreement, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, tens of thousands have fled the nearby region of Lower Dir; the military says it's finished a two-day operation against militants there, the New York Times reports. Both areas border the Taliban-dominated Swat Valley.