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Pakistan steps up border offensive

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - An offensive seen as Pakistan's most crucial battle yet against militants who control of a large swath of its northwest continues to rage in South Waziristan.

Pakistani troops are fighting on three fronts and fighter jets have been bombing insurgent positions near the Afghan border today in an assault on the main Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold.

The army and the Pakistani Taliban have each claimed early victories in the fight.

As the offensive entered its third day, U.S. Central Command chief David Petraeus and Sen. John Kerry each met Pakistan's prime minister and army chief in the capital. The goal is to try and ease tensions over an American aid bill that has caused a rift between Pakistan's army and civilian government.


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