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Airstrike hits 12 in Pakistan, Taliban kill dozens

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Violence ripped across Pakistan Thursday, as Taliban militants and the Pakistani military, backed by suspected American drones, traded violent deadly attacks in the country’s restive tribal belt and adjoining North West Frontier province (NWFP).

A missile strike fired by a suspected United States drone killed as many as 12 people in the tribal area of North Waziristan, a Taliban stronghold. Taliban fighters carried out a series of attacks: They killed dozens of security personnel in South Waziristan and tribal elders in NWFP. And they bombed a coed school in Peshawar, the provincial capital.

The wave of violence comes as US President Barack Obama and other world leaders attending this week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York pledged more aid and support for Pakistan’s battle against extremism.

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