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Pakistani Taliban vow to fight until 'last breath'

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani Taliban are vowing to resist
military advances in the Swat Valley until their "last breath."
A Swat Taliban spokesman, speaking with The Associated Press by
phone from an undisclosed location, said the militants are prepared
for any onslaught.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani government is trying to bolster
political support for the offensive ahead of potentially bloody
urban battles.
The army said yesterday that it was battling militants on the
outskirts of a major Swat city and had entered other Taliban-held
towns.
Washington has pressed Islamabad to crack down on militant
strongholds along the Afghan frontier, saying the militants
threaten not only U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan but also
Pakistan's existence.


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