Daggar changes hands

Heavy fighting Pakistani troops claim to have retaken key town lost to Taliban

Pakistan says it has retaken the town of Daggar, the administrative capital of Buner district. The town had been captured by Taliban fighters infiltrating from the nearby Swat valley, which they effectively control. Following intensive U.S. pressure, Pakistan launched an offensive Sunday against the Taliban in Northwest Frontier Province, even using fighter aircraft to bomb insurgent positions yesterday. An estimated 30,000 people have been displaced. A Pakistani military spokesman said that “pockets” of Taliban resistance remain, but reports from the area suggest that heavy fighting is still ongoing.

The Guardian

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