A Pakistani police officers display recovered arms and gadgets to the media in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
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Pakistan has begun the "last phase" of a bloody operation targeting militants in the restive northwest region along the Afghan border, a senior security official confirmed to AFP Thursday.The military released a statement Wednesday saying that powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif had given the order to launch the final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan, one of the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan in which militants had previously operated with impunity. The army launched the operation under U.S. pressure in mid-2014, in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the North Waziristan tribal area and bring an end to the near decade-long Islamist insurgency that has cost Pakistan thousands of lives.
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