By SOF Editor on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:11am
Pakistan's army says its forces have recaptured a key Taliban stronghold in a region near the Afghan border.
A year ago, Pakistani forces had declared the group of villages called Damadola free of militants following a 2008 offensive. But officials say Taliban and al-Qaida militants recently returned to defend the strategically-located stronghold north of Khar, the main town in the Bajaur tribal agency.
Pakistan's military says its troops and a tribal militia, backed by warplanes and helicopter gunships, killed some 60 militants in the new offensive. The military's account has not been