Pakistan army launches big operation after airport attack

A man clears debris from the tarmac of Jinnah International Airport, after Sunday's attack by Taliban militants on Sunday, in KarachiBy Haji Mujtaba MIRANSHAH Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan sent troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to the troubled North Waziristan region on Sunday in a long-expected military operation just a week after a deadly insurgent attack on the country's biggest airport. The Taliban and ethnic Uzbek fighters holed up in North Waziristan – home to some of Pakistan's most feared militants and al Qaeda commanders – have both claimed responsibility for last Sunday's commando-style attack on Karachi airport. The brazen all-night assault all but destroyed prospects of peace talks with the militants, who are fighting to topple the Pakistani government and impose a strict Sharia-based theocracy in the nuclear-armed nation.

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