Pakistan army soldiers in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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Pakistan's military Thursday claimed to have killed at least 47 Taliban fighters in two days of airstrikes in the restive northwest as part of anti-insurgent offensives that began last year.The military has been stepping up its response Pakistan's Islamist insurgency, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians since 2004 when Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants fled from Afghanistan to its tribal areas.In another incident late Wednesday, the military said it had killed five insurgents in a search operation in Shakto area of South Waziristan tribal district.
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