File - In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)
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Pakistani warplanes pounded militant sanctuaries near the northwestern Afghan border Sunday, killing 35 militants, the army said.The military claims to have killed over 2000 militants and lost nearly 200 soldiers in the operation.For years the Pakistani government allowed militants to flourish in the tribal regions, despite warnings from the U.S. government -- which frequently attacks insurgents there with drone strikes.Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah claimed responsibility for the attack as retaliation for the government offensive.
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