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Pakistan Expands Offensive Against Taliban

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A military spokesman says fighter jets are
attacking Taliban hide-outs in a district near the Pakistani
capital in an apparent expansion of an offensive against the
militants.
Maj. Nasir Khan says ground troops also are preparing to enter
Buner district today.
Taliban from the neighboring Swat Valley alarmed the world when
they recently entered Buner.
Buner and Swat are covered by a controversial peace deal between
the government and the Swat militants.
Pakistani officials have warned the Swat militants to get out of
Buner. The district is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from
Islamabad.
The military this week also launched an offensive in Lower Dir,
another area covered by the deal.


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