60 die in attacks on Al Qaeda strongholds in Pakistan

The NYT’s International Herald Tribme reports Pakistan took a strong, brutal stand in answer to last weekend’s deadly truck bombing in Islamabad:

KHAR, Pakistan: Security forces backed by helicopter gunships and artillery killed more than 60 insurgents in northwest Pakistan in offensives aimed at denying haven to Al Qaeda and Taliban militants, officials said Tuesday.

The attacks come amid intense U.S. pressure on Pakistan to crack down on militants, who are blamed for attacks both in Pakistan and on coalition forces in Afghanistan.

A truck bombing that killed 53 people over the weekend at a luxury hotel in the capital, Islamabad, underscored the threat extremists pose to Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation.

60 die in attacks on Qaeda strongholds in Pakistan

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