Pakistan ramps up Swat Valley offensive

Pakistan's prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, announced plans to crush the Taliban uprising, breaking decisively from recent efforts to arrange a truce in Swat Valley. The Pakistani Taliban, who have connections to extremist networks throughout the tribal region along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, are said to be even more ideologically extreme than their Afghan peers. The UN says that more than 500,000 residents have fled the region in recent days, driving the total figure for Pakistanis displaced by extremist violence upward of 1 million.

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