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Almost 200,000 Flee Violence in Pakistan

Following an offensive by Pakistani forces against militants, as many as 190,000 Pakistanis and Afghans have fled their homes, according to reports given to the UN High Commission Refugees. Most refugees, running from the clashes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, are staying with host families in either country.

In the Bajaur region of Pakistan, government jets hit insurgent trenches, killing five, today. Another attack left 12 extremists dead, along with two progovernment tribesmen. Since the offensive began,1,000 rebel fighters and Taliban militants have been killed, according to Pakistan.

Today's strikes came the same day religious scholars and political parties announced that suicide bombs violate Islam and are illegitimate in Pakistan. Looks like the Pakistani government is going on the military and moral offensive to stop extremists. Hopefully the refugees make it home safely.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
when i hear about this - it just makes me even more frustrated with the way that things are done around the world. noting that these attacks came on the heels of a declaration of how this isn't allowed - it's just like mocking the body that says things. i will NEVER understand how people feel like this is the best way to get their political or religious beliefs to be heard.
janneth janneth 8 years
Can you imagine how bad this would be, how terrible for the children, the elderly, the pregnant, the ill?
stephley stephley 8 years
yeah, this is just overwhelmingly sad.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Well, I guess they'd rather do it themselves than have us step in and do it for them as threatened. "religious scholars and political parties announced that suicide bombs violate Islam" Excellent. And I second your wish that the refugees will make it home safely.
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