A Pakistani sweet vendor walks by Afghan refugee girls as they get embroiled in a sandstrom on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)
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At least 55 militants were killed in airstrikes and a gunbattle with ground forces in Pakistan's troubled northwest where the military launched a major offensive this year, officials said Saturday.Troops arrested two critically wounded militants while four soldiers were also wounded in the battle, the statement said.The Pakistani military says it has killed more than 1,700 militants so far in its heavy offensive in the tribal zone, with 126 soldiers having lost their lives.
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