After deploying jets and helicopters yesterday in response to a Taliban incursion into the Buner district, Pakistan has taken back a key town, the military says. The country will also shift 6,000 troops from the Indian border to face militants along the Afghan border, said an official, a move welcomed by American authorities who say Pakistan is doing too little to battle militants, the New York Times reports.
Taped phone conversations showed the Taliban staged an exit from Buner last week, said a military spokesman. “The government acted with patience, but eventually there was no other way except to launch an operation,” he said. Fifty Taliban insurgents and one soldier were killed in the fighting, the BBC reports.