File - Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, center, flanked by his bodyguards, talks to reporters at an undisclosed location in Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan along Afghanistan border, Oct. 5, 2013.(AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)
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Pakistan said Sunday that it was halting airstrikes against Taliban militants in response to a monthlong cease-fire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.The government entered into peace talks with the Taliban last month aimed at ending the militants' seven-year insurgency, but the dialogue broke down after militants killed 23 kidnapped soldiers. The military responded with a series of airstrikes in the volatile northwestern tribal areas that left more than 100 insurgents dead, and Saturday the Taliban announced a monthlong cease-fire aimed at resuming the stalled talks.Security analyst Talat Masood, a retired general, said the cease-fire had come about because the military's airstrikes had forced the Taliban back to the negotiation table and that the government should be careful not to lose its advantage.
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