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Pakistan's fight against militants moves into Khyber

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Pakistan expanded its battle against Taliban militants in tribal areas Tuesday, launching a new offensive in the Khyber district against a Taliban-linked criminal group.

Agence France-Presse reports that the military killed at least 18 militants and arrested six in Khyber Tuesday, targeting members of Lashkar-e-Islam, a "criminal homegrown Islamist group" with ties to the Taliban.

The raid was in the village of Gurguri, about seven miles northwest of Bara, which is situated on the main NATO supply route into Afghanistan, reports AFP. The military recovered weapons, ammunition, and torture equipment, and secured the village, according to the news agency.

For more than a month, Pakistan has been battling the Taliban in South Waziristan in an attempt to take back control of the tribal area. Pakistan says the operation has been successful, claiming to have killed hundreds of Taliban fighters and captured most major Taliban towns and bases, reports Voice of America.

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