Middle East

May 3, 2009

Pakistan moving closer to confronting the Taliban in Swat

Pakistan on Sunday edged closer to a major conflict with Taliban militants as a controversial peace deal with Islamic extremists in the Swat valley near the Afghan border began to unravel, according to military officials and politicians. Taliban militants were suspected in the beheading of two Pakistani soldiers and there were reports that the militants were openly patrolling streets, in violation of a ceasefire.

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