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Despite attacks, Pakistan official denies need for operations

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/10/2009

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"ISLAMABAD (AP) A Pakistani official played down suggestions that the Taliban had become entrenched in the nuclear-armed country's heartland Friday, a day after a series of deadly attacks indicated the Islamist extremists have made inroads far from their sanctuaries along the Afghan border. "A wave of violence in the past two weeks has killed more than 150 people in Pakistan and fueled concerns that the Taliban had linked up with other militant groups around the country, forming an insurgent alliance that would vastly increase the threats to the U.S.-allied country. "On Thursday, gunmen attacked three law enforcement compounds in the country's second-largest city of Lahore the capital of the Punjab killing 19 people. The nine attackers were also killed. The new violence appeared aimed at preventing the army from launching an offensive in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan along the Afghan border."

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"Despite attacks, Pakistan official denies need for operations", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2009. Consulté le 23/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/despite-attacks-pakistan-official-denies-need-for-operations