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Taliban Driven Out of South Waziristan

One small step is complete in the offense against the Taliban. The Pakistani army has driven the militants out of South Waziristan, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Saturday. South Waziristan, a onetime stronghold for Islamic militants, became the focus of the army's operations this year, with 30,000 troops entering the province in October. "The operation is finished in South Waziristan," Gilani said. "Now there is a discussion of taking it to Orakzai agency." Orakzai, another district along the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, is where many of the militants are believed to have fled.