A Pakistani soldier stands near ammunition seized during a military operation against Taliban militants in the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan July 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Maqsood Mehdi)
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Pakistan's military says its anti-militant offensive in a northwestern tribal area has now taken control of 80 percent of a strategic town, as a U.S. drone strike Thursday killed six suspected insurgents.Journalists including AFP reporters were taken on a rare trip to Miranshah Wednesday to see the aftermath of the operation, which began on June 15 with air strikes and artillery bombardment and continued with nine days of ground assault.Major General Asim Bajwa, the head of the military's media wing, said that before the onslaught the town become a virtual supermarket for jihadist fighters wanting to equip themselves with guns and explosives.The army says it has killed 400 insurgents in the course of the operation, but with media access to the area impossible without military approval it is impossible to verify the number or identity of the dead.
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