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For Third Day, Pakistan Army Pounds Targets In North Waziristan

Homes Destroyed By Bombing In North Waziristan
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WATCH: Homes Destroyed By Bombing In North Waziristan (Video by RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

For the third day, Pakistani forces continue to pound suspected militant hideouts in the North Waziristan area along the Afghan border.

Pakistani officials said some 80 militants have been killed so far, although that figure is impossible to independently verify.

Reports said Pakistani forces fired mortars into the area of Matchis Camp, Kharwani, and Sukhail Wazir during their latest attacks.

Militants launched counterattacks that killed about 10 Pakistani troops, including an officer.

In some parts of North Waziristan, the artillery and air barrage appears to have lifted and troops are fanning out as part of a search operation.

Washington has been calling on Islamabad for months to launch an operation against militants in the tribal areas.
With reporting by AFP
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    RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.