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    Pakistan troops take critical town

    Reuters
    30.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    BUNER, Pakistan - Pakistani troops took the main town in strategically important Buner Valley yesterday after dropping by helicopter behind Taliban lines, killing over 50 militants in two days of fighting, the military said.

    The Taliban's advance earlier this month into a region just 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the capital had sent shivers through Pakistan and heightened fears in the United States that the nuclear-armed Muslim state was becoming more unstable.

    "We assure the nation that armed forces have the capability to ward off any kind of threat," military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas said in Rawalpindi, the garrison town close to the capital, Islamabad.

    The government's demonstration of military resolve will likely reassure U.S. President Barack Obama and counterpart Hamid Karzai when they meet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Washington May 6-7.
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