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Pakistan Blasts Taliban

Pakistani forces are fighting Taliban insurgents on two fronts now—in the former tourist destination of Swat and in South Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border. At one point, the Taliban completely controlled the area, but now Pakistani forces will clear the Swat Valley in a matter of two or three days, Reuters reports. This marks the military's most serious offensive against the growing Taliban insurgency, something the White House has been pressing for. The fighting has created a humanitarian crisis, displacing 2.4 million people, and the Taliban have waged eight bomb attacks since the fighting started in late April.