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Related Newswires Articles on Afghanistan from the Washington Post

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Related Newswires Articles on Afghanistan from the Washington Post:

Pakistani Refugee Camps Seen as Recruiting Grounds for Extremists
from Wash Post – World News by Griff Witte

MARDAN, Pakistan — Bacha Zab, a 32-year-old fruit salesman, dodged army shelling and Taliban sniper fire to escape his native Swat Valley. But when he reached the safety of a government-run refugee camp in this northwestern Pakistani city, he was told there was no more room.

Pakistan Intensifies Effort With Thrust Into Swat’s Main City
from Wash Post – World News by Griff Witte

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 23 — Pakistani troops pushed into the largest city in the contested Swat Valley on Saturday and fought block to block with Taliban militants in an apparent escalation of the army’s effort to retake the picturesque area, which has become a symbol of insurgent defiance and…

Taliban Is Foiling Pakistani Military
from Wash Post – World News by Griff Witte

KHWAZAKHELA, Pakistan, May 22 — The Pakistani army has retaken control of key parts of the contested Swat Valley in recent days, but the Taliban has kept its grip on some of the area’s largest towns nearly a month into a massive military offensive, army commanders said Friday during a visit near…

Taliban Is Foiling Pakistan Army: Washington Post
from Washington Post | By Griff Witte

KHWAZAKHELA, Pakistan, May 22 — The Pakistani army has retaken control of key parts of the contested Swat Valley in recent days, but the Taliban has kept its grip on some of the area’s largest towns nearly a month into a massive military offensive, army commanders said Friday during a visit near the front lines.

Speaking at a rudimentary base in the heart of this verdant valley, the commanders acknowledged that regaining full control of Swat will probably take months and involve intense combat with the well-trained, well-funded Taliban militia. Highlighting the difficulty, some extremists are simply melting back into the civilian population so they can fight another day, as they have during previous clashes over the past 18 months in Swat.

“You cannot distinguish between a Talib and a normal citizen,” said Maj. Gen. Sajjad Ali, who commands troops in the northern portion of Swat. “The area is densely populated, and it’s very easy for the terrorists to hide.”

The battle for control of Swat has tested the Pakistani government’s resolve to confront a raging Islamist insurgency that has gripped much of the northwest and threatened to reach into the nation’s heartland. The most recent wave of fighting in Swat began late last month after a peace deal collapsed and the insurgents, who had agreed to lay down their weapons if they were permitted to institute Islamic law in Swat, instead overran adjacent districts and moved to within 60 miles of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

Accompanying Video:

A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

President Obama lays out his plans for a comprehensive and regional approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan, from military support to developmental aid.

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