Pakistan Drives Taliban From S. Waziristan

Militants regroup further north in a different district
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2009 11:09 AM CST
A Pakistani soldier examines machine guns confiscated from militants after a gunbattle in Sararogha, a town in South Waziristan, last month.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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(Newser) – Good news from Pakistan's prime minister in the fight against the Taliban—the army has driven the militants from South Waziristan after a 3-month campaign. The bad news: The Taliban appear to have regrouped a little further north in a district called Orakza, reports BBC. "The operation in South Waziristan is over," said Yousuf Raza Gilani. "Now there are talks about Orakza."

South Waziristan became a focal point of the war in October when the army sent 30,000 troops there, a move that prompted militants to unleash a wave of suicide bombings in the capital and other large cities. It's not clear how big of a campaign will be waged in Orakza, but the UN says 40,000 people already have fled after initial airstrikes, notes AP.

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