Local media reported that a total of 37 people have been killed in the fighting so far in the Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency, one of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. An army operation is ongoing in the area for the last four days, triggered by cross border attacks conducted by insurgents affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). According to the army officials, the dead included 31 militants, four soldiers and two members of a pro-Pakistani militia group. Most of the fighting took place in the remote Batwar region, located close to the Afghan border.

More than 300 militants from the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan had crossed over to the Pakistani side of the border on August 23rd, attacking border posts, and taking control of border villages. The army had launched the military operation, to take control of six border villages, which were captured by the TTP insurgents.

In addition to the infantry battalions of the army, a number of helicopter gunships of the Pakistani Armed Forces also took part in the counter-insurgency operations. The army also used long-range heavy artillery cannons to demolish the rebel hideouts. However, the Army officials said that bad weather was adversely affecting their operations, by limiting the mobility of the attack helicopters.

A tribal leader from the local Salarzai Amn Lashkar militia, which is fighting alongside the army, claimed that rebels have been cleared from most of the areas of Salarzai. However, he admitted that the militia members are facing heavy resistance in the mountainous Batwar region, where dozens of insurgents are believed to have taken refuge. The army is currently pounding the region with heavy artillery guns.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, the official spokesperson of the TTP claimed that they have killed several Pakistani soldiers during the last three days of fighting. He also claimed that a number of the pro-government militiamen were also killed by the insurgents. As a proof for his claims, Ihsan claimed that he is ready to handover 8 dead bodies of soldiers and pro-government militiamen, who were killed during the recent fighting.

The Taliban operative also denied media reports that the Army had recaptured some of the border villages, which were seized by the militants this week. Ihsan also stated that a Pakistani army tank has been destroyed by the insurgents, in addition to several other army vehicles.

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  1. Till USA obey the orders of israel specially zionist lobbies in us congress banks etc etc america never can be safer hate will
    increase more and more against americans when one day america will be no more because of jews who divide and rule same as they
    started propaganda wars after 911 to increase hate between christianity and islam so little israel get winner- idiot bush started
    this useless wars from iraq to afghanistan syria jordan yemen sham libya etc etc OIL HUNGER but never tooked notice of human abuse in Burma Kashmir every body know the reallity of 911 american precious tax payer money is waisted and own army is killed in wars along allies while
    4 billion dollars are sucked by israel each year same taliban who are killed now by usa drones
    previously helped usa in russian afghan war previously they were called mujahideen now taliban BEFORE USa USED THEM NOW KILLING THEM Y?Almost un named talibans almost innocent civilians are died
    in reward they attack Bomb suicide attacks civilians and forces in neighbouring countries as they dont have acess technology to hit back USA real talibans are only fighting for their sovereignty fighting for their right in afghanistan as usa have illegaly occupied
    their land similar americans will do if some one occupy their lands all other kind of thalibans are just bunch of gangsters criminals
    doing paid job for creating instability mostly in pakistan to blame its nuclear assets not safe creating instability in quetta karachi tribal areas kpk – raw cia mossad provided dollars to some of them some corrupt leaders involved too dollars thirst did back door deals for drones under cover agents of many countries freely moving in pakistan similar talibans create problems in Afghanistan china etc long term secret motives but basic purpose is one and same which is their second important mission on the secret orders of indian raw- us cia- khaad- israel mossad -bnd german -mivd dutch so better stop killing americans and army of allies canada australia pakistan germany canada etc,and also talibans,because usa army and nato dont know even what are the reall hidden secret motives of these useless wars they just think we are patriot and they are fighting enemies but they yet
    don’t know there real enemies they have to obey the orders of station chiefs every one know from where these chiefs are controlles and why? leave others in peace live yourself in peace GOD BLESS whole WORLD.

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